Archive for November, 2008

Do You have driving Licence?? Which Category you are from?

Dubai: Authorities have decided to stop issuing driving licences to certain categories of residents to curb the sharp rise in the number of vehicles, Gulf News has learnt.

Residents belonging to up to 100 categories will not be given licences. These include nurses, cooks, carpenters, housemaids, watchmen, tailors, cafeteria waiters, unskilled labourers, gardeners and bakers.

People belonging to other categories, which do not require a university degree, will not be able to open a driving licence file at traffic police departments all over UAE.

A Sharjah Police official told Gulf News that the interior ministry has instructed traffic departments last week to stop opening driving licence files for people belonging to about 100 categories as mentioned in their residence visa.

Not a new legislation

“The move is meant to reduce the huge number of vehicles by limiting the number of professionals allowed to obtain driving licences,” the official said.

The official said the decision was implemented last week and many applications from these categories were turned down.

The police official said that this was not a new law as there used to be restrictions on issuing driving licences.

“The law was then relaxed by the ministry and everyone was allowed to obtain driving licences. But due to a massive increase in the number of vehicles, the ministry has decided to restrict issuing driving licences,” he said.

The official said that those whose residence visa shows that they fall under these categories will not be able to open a driving licence file.

A driving school instructor said the school received the decision last week. She said this would affect the schools as many applications will be rejected.

Akmal, an Indian domestic helper who works for a family in Sharjah, said a driving school and the Sharjah traffic department turned down his application.

Akmal’s sponsor told Gulf News that he tried to open a driving licence file for his domestic help, but it was rejected. “I was told that if the profession in the residence visa is driver and that he came to work as a driver then he can obtain a licence, otherwise there is no way for him,” he said.

Islam & Michael Jackson

MICHAEL JACKSON has become a Muslim — and changed his name to MIKAEEL.
The skint superstar, 50, donned Islamic garb to pledge allegiance to the Koran in a ceremony at a pal’s mansion in Los Angeles, The Sun can reveal.

Jacko sat on the floor wearing a tiny hat after an Imam was summoned to officiate — days before the singer is due to appear at London’s High Court where he is being sued by an Arab sheik.

Emirates ID Card

UAE residents can register for identity cards at post offices

Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) and Emirates Post have joined hands to provide registration facilities for the identity cards through post offices across the UAE.

The move follows the appointment of Emirates Marketing and Promotions (EMP), a subsidiary of Emirates Post Holding, by EIDA as the exclusive agent for managing the registration for Population Register and ID cards.

Members of the public can buy special envelops, priced Dh40, from post offices, fill up the registration form and submit the envelope to the post office counter.

As part of its responsibility, EMP will scrutinise the forms. If there is an error in the data, customer will be informed by SMS or by the call centre.

Emirates Post will then send the completed forms to the applicant through his P.O. Box, mentioning the date on which he can go to the EIDA centre to submit the form and acquire the identity card.

Ebrahim Bin Karam, CEO of Emirates Post, said: “Emirates Post is delighted to be involved in this important community project. This arrangement will save effort and speed up the registration process. The post offices are fully geared to meet the demand of applicants, as the identity card is being made compulsory for all residents. Our staff has been specially trained to handle queries from our customers.”

“We are pleased to enter into a partnership with Emirates Post and EMP because of the large postal network and the expertise in mailing and call centre operations,” said Darwish Al Zarouni, CEO of Emirates Identity Authority.

“This will reduce the margin of error and avoid unnecessary trips to the EIDA centers. We expect this process will simplify and expedite the procedure.”

As an incentive, Emirates Post has announced a three-month promotion for those registering at post offices, offering members of the public three laptops and other attractive prizes in monthly draws to be held between October and December 2008.

UAE’s first woman marriage registrar

Fatima is UAE’s first woman marriage registrar
By Samir Salama

The UAE has appointed its first woman marriage registrar, a job hitherto reserved for men.

Fatima Saeed Obaid Al Awani became the first female marriage registrar in the UAE, according to a decision by Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department. Her appointment makes the UAE the second Arab country to have a female marriage registrar after Egypt, which appointed its first female registrar last month.

Many conservative clerics believe Sharia prohibits a woman from becoming a registrar because it states that the testimony of two women is equivalent to one man in court. They believe a marriage contract signed by a woman would be illegal.

More liberal minded clerics believe a marriage registrar is an official who purely plays an administrative role for the state and her signature on the contract does not violate Sharia.

The move to appoint Fatima is in line with instructions by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, to engage women in major fields of the UAE’s development.

Fatima graduated from the UAE University in the year 2000 with a Bachelors’ Degree in Sharia and law, and has been in the judicial corps ever since. She thanked the UAE leadership for bestowing the trust upon her.


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