‘Salam Beirut’ Begins Operation

“Salam Beirut”, an emergency aid campaign that is providing relief for victims of the devastating explosion that struck Port Beirut, has commenced work on the repairs and restoration of 485 homes destroyed in the Beirut explosion, which will enable 2,900 victims – 225 of which are refugees – to return to their dwellings in the

23 Stranded Indians In Airports Wait For ICA Approval

At least 23 passengers who recently arrived from India are reportedly stranded at the airports of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah due to some “confusion” about pre-travel approvals, a media report said on Tuesday. Five passengers, who landed in Abu Dhabi on an Etihad Airways flight on August 15, and some 18 travellers who arrived in

UAE, US, Israel ink deal to bring peace & progress

President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, agreed to the full normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the

Dubai Gurdwara Charters 1st Repatriation Flight to Punjab

The Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Dubai has facilitated the first-ever charter flight to repatriate stranded Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Amritsar in Punjab, it was reported. The flight took off on Thursday morning from Dubai with a total of 209 passengers, reports the Gulf News. The gurdwara said it was in

Indian Woman Helps Stranded Expats in UAE

A Dubai-based Indian woman is helping scores of stranded fellow Indian expatriates amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates, a media report said. Sheela Thomas, a lawyer by profession and social worker at heart, has been a resident of the UAE for the last 25 years,the Gulf News report said on Saturday. The

Outgoing Indian Counsel General to Leave Dubai

Vipul, the outgoing Consul General of India in Dubai, is all set to leave the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a repatriation flight next week following the completion of a three-year tenure, the media reprted on Wednesday. Vipul will be boarding a Vande Bharat Mission flight to New Delhi on July 7, said the Gulf

Indian Stuck in UAE with Hospital Bill

A jobless Indian visitor to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in desperate need of financial help to settle an outstanding hospital bill of 112,000 dirham ($30,493), a media report said on Monday. Sutapa Patra, 27, from West Bengal underwent treatment for a number of conditions including colitis, pancreatitis and severe sepsis, said the Gulf

India To Gulf Passengers Need Special Permission From UAE Embassy

Air India on Wednesday announced that the Passengers wishing to travel to Dubai on residency or work permits would further require special authorisation from the UAE authorities. According to the airline, passengers would need to have specific approvals from the UAE Embassy and UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) to travel from

UAE to Repatriate Stranded Indians

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, UAE has taken the lead to repatriate Indians stranded in the country through chartered flights. Several companies and community groups have chartered repatriation flights with the UAE airlines, with some of them operating the first international flights to some destinations in India, Gulf news reported. The special repatriation flights arranged by

New Indian Passport Service Introduced in UAE

The Indian passport and visa service centres in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have introduced a new online appointment booking system, a media report said. The website of BLS International, the outsourced agency providing Indian visa and passport application processing services, has now offered a provision to book appointments online, the Gulf news report said