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  • VAT: It's business as usual in UAE

       January 2, 2018     
    It was business as usual on Monday on the first day of implementation of value-added tax (VAT) in the UAE as the residents took the five per cent consumption levy in their stride. Most of the groceries, cafes and shops in malls reported normal activity with residents and tourists shrugging off the small hike in prices. Though there were some minor
  • Manchester United lift Mourinho's spirits with 2-0 win

       January 2, 2018     
    Manchester United put a smile back on Jose Mourinho's face as fine goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard sealed a 2-0 win over Everton, while Liverpool left it late to snatch a 2-1 victory at Burnley on Monday. Martial started in the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku and the United forward broke the deadlock in the 57th minute at Goodison Park.
  • Dubai breaks Guinness World Record on New Year

       January 1, 2018     
    Dubai welcomed 2018, the 'Year of Zayed', with a Guinness World Record title as hundreds of thousands of spectators were left spellbound by "Light Up 2018', a laser light show at Burj Khalifa. At the stroke of midnight, the world's tallest tower danced in ethereal web of lights after paying tribute to the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed b
  • VAT rings in a new era for UAE

       January 1, 2018     
    From today, the way the UAE businesses conduct their day-to-day operations and the spending habits of residents will see a major shift as the UAE moves away from tax-free nation by levying a five per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services. With VAT imposed on most of goods and services, some have been exempted and zero-rated, the government is pr
  • UAE public holidays for 2018 announced

       December 31, 2017     
    The Abu Dhabi government has announced the list of public holidays for 2018. A statement issued on the government portal, earlier this week, said: "The following list shows the public holidays in the UAE for the year 2018. The official reference to determine Islamic occasions, such as the beginning of Ramadan or Haj, is the Hijri Calendar. It is based on t
  • Dates announced for Fazza falconry championship

       December 31, 2017     
    Birds of prey traditionally used for hunting in the desert will race for glory when the Fazza Championship for Falconry - Telwah (the lure) kicks-off in the New Year. Organised and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Centre (HHC), the strongest racing falcons will be unleashed during the competition, which will be held from January 2 to 15 at th
  • Don't hike fees due to VAT, UAE banks told

       December 30, 2017     
    The Central Bank of the UAE has asked local banks not to increase the existing fees for customers due to the upcoming value added tax (VAT). "Banks and finance companies will not be permitted to exceed the fees structure for individual customers because of VAT," reads the notice sent by the apex bank to local banks in the UAE on Thursday. It also asked the
  • Want to lose fat in UAE without exercise? Just use this patch

       December 30, 2017     
    Researchers have developed a new type of skin patch that may reduce body fat and obesity by turning energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat. According to the researchers, brown fats are found in babies and they help to keep the baby warm by burning energy. As humans grow older, the amount of brown fat lessens and is replaced with visceral wh
  • 18 new UAE attractions to look out for in 2018

       December 30, 2017     
    There is much to look forward to in the new year, especially since 2018 has been declared the Year of Zayed, to mark the the UAE's founding father's 100th birth anniversary. Emiratis, expats and visitors to the country can therefore brace themselves for some stunning attractions across the country, which will surely make 2018 a year to look forward to.
  • Abu Dhabi hosts world yoga contest on Saturday

       December 28, 2017     
    Come Saturday, yogis from the country and abroad will unite in the Capital. The World Yoga Sports Ranking Championship to be held in Abu Dhabi for the first time will have participants from India, Thailand, Malaysia and good number of yoga lovers from the UAE. The event organised by Indian Yoga Federation is coordinated by Abu Dhabi-based yoga specialist S

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