Mini Press Review from Dubai. Part 2

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8- "Ask the law". Al Bahr Advocats answers questions relative to residence permits, work laws, etc...
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9- "Service is not a dirty word" by an aggravated columnist regarding poor quality of service in the UAE
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10- Suggestions to "help Dubai into the 21st century"...
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11-a) "Arrest of labour recruiter: 600 Filipinos duped with promises of employment in Dubai and Irak"
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11-b) "Man arrested for recruitment scam"
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11-c) and c') "End of mid-day break"
Construction workers benefit from midday break in the summertime. But "named and shamed", 145 companies have violated the midday break.
Our comment: Temperature rises to 42 degrees and above at this time of year!
11-d) "Give them enough rope"... "Californian climbing expert calls for Dubai builders to teach their workers to climb"
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11-e) "This is all we can afford: Tenants say lack of air conditioning forces them to sleep on the roof of their building"
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11-f) "Suicides soaring", many among Indian workers.
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11-g) "Riot over power cuts: workers protest after water and electricity is cut off at camp"
11-h) "Work or leave: police"
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11-i) A first in Dubai: "Call center workers in strike protest" demanding that the company return their passports. "One fired in heated meeting", even those who resigned are still waiting for their passports to be returned.
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11-j) "No alternative: workers driven to strike because they don't know there are official bodies to help them" for instance, the police.
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12-a) "Equality between expats and locals helps the market"
Our comment: in the United Arab Emirates it is necessary for a foreigner to have a "sponsor" in order to work and reside in the country.
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12-b) "Walking towards new labour laws"
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13-a) "Jobs for Nationals: HR managers and secretaries targeted in Emiratisation drive"
New law says HR and secretarial positions will be reserved for Emirati nationals within six months.
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13-b) "Opinion: UAE government has every right to Emiritise the workforce"
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13-c) "Local concerns over new HR laws"
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13-d) "Avoiding pain of a desert brain drain"
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13-e) "A new IT degree offers up another approach to Emiratisation of UAE workforce"
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13-f) "Networking skills key to UAE growth." Foreseen massive shortage of network skills by 2009.
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14-a) "School run hell-hole" by massive road work around the school.
Our comment: Dubai is a permanent construction site with a serious lack of coordination, as is illustrated here...
14-b) ..."Surprise! You got a ticket"
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14-c) "It could be as long as five years before the UAE gets digital radio"
14-d) "Streets get names: new scheme will mean mail in Dubai will be delivered to your door"
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14-e) and f) "School not ready" Zayed University campus was not ready on time when school started.
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14-g) "Fury at fire fighters" "Sharjah rescuers had no water or ladders"
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15-a) "Economy is on track but inflation still a concern"
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15-b) "Dubai link in VAT fraud: Emirates police deny newspaper claim that Dubai is at heart of multi-billion dirham scam"
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16-a) "Not so hot for business: World Bank report surprisingly says Botswana is more business friendly than the UAE"
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16-b) "French banks chase ME cash"
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16-c) "Growing the halal niche market"
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