What banks can do in case of dishonoured cheque in UAE


Whenever a cheque is dishonoured by the bank, a criminal complaint may be initiated by the cheque's beneficiary, who shall be the complainant in this matter. Article 401 of Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 on issuance of Penal Code (the 'Criminal Law') of UAE states: "Detention or a fine shall be imposed on anyone who, in bad faith, gives a draft (cheque) without a sufficient and drawable balance or who, after giving a cheque, withdraws all or part of the balance, making the balance insufficient for settlement of the cheque, or if he orders a drawee not to cash a cheque or makes or signs the cheque in a manner that prevents it from being cashed.
The same penalty shall apply to anyone who endorses a cheque in favour of another or gives him a bearer draft, knowing that there is no sufficient balance to honour the cheque or that it is not drawable."
Based on the above provision, it is the discretion of the court to decide the quantum of punishment, which may either be fine or detention or both. Normally, a travel ban may be imposed on the signatory of the cheque by the public prosecutor. If you are cleared of the criminal case filed against you, the bank may file a civil claim against you for the amount on the cheque plus costs and seek a travel ban, in accordance with Article 644 of Federal Law No. 18 of 1993 on the issuance of The Commercial Transactions Law, which states: "If a penal action in any of the cheque-related crimes provided for in the law of penalties have been filed against the drawer, the holder of the cheque who claims the civil right may sue the court for obtaining an amount equivalent to that of the cheque or to the extent of the unpaid amount of its value, apart from the compensation, when necessary."
Further, the bank may at its discretion pursue criminal and or civil charges against you and recovery of the amount from the insurance policy held by the bank does not provide you any immunity.

What to do when your visa expires after exiting UAE


The rules regarding expiry or cancellation of visa are to be found in the Federal Law No (6) for 1973 concerning immigration and residence as amended by virtue of Law No. 7 of 1985, Law No. 13 of 1996 and Federal Decree- Law No. 17 of 2017 (the 'Federal Residency Law') read with the provisions of the Ministerial Decision No. (360) of 1997 regrading the issuance of executive regulation of the Federal Law No. (6) of 1973 concerning the entry and residence of foreigners (the 'Federal Residency Rules').
In view of your queries, it may be noted that residence/employment visas for expatriates in the UAE may be deemed to have been cancelled if the individual concerned stays outside the UAE for a continuous period of six months. This is in accordance with Article 61 of the Federal Residency Rules, which reads as follows:
"The residence permit granted to the foreigner shall be deemed to have been cancelled if the period of his stay outside the country exceeds six months."
However, there are certain exceptions to this rule, which are stated under Article 62 of the Federal Residency Rules that read as follows:
"As an exception from the provisions of Article (61) hereof, the residence permit shall continue to be valid until the end of its term for the following categories:
a) The foreigner wives of UAE national.
b) Servants accompanying UAE nationals delegated to study abroad.
c) Servants and escorts of UAE national patients travelling or sent for medical treatment abroad.
d) Foreign patients (and their escorts) who are travelling or sent for medical treatment abroad, holding valid residence permits, provided that they present a medical report approved by the Ministry of Health or the Medical Services of the Armed Forces or Police.
e) Servants of the members of the diplomatic and consular missions representing the state abroad, and employees of such missions holding residence permits in the state.
f) Foreigners delegated by the public sector corporations to attend training or specialisation courses, or those working in their employers' offices abroad, and their families holding valid residence permits in the state.
g) Servants of the members of the ruling family in the UAE, who are serving their houses abroad, and who are holding valid residence permits in the state.
h) Students studying in one of the universities or institutes abroad."
However, it may be noted that your son may not qualify for any of the exceptions as cited hereinabove, and it may be presumed that his visa may have already been cancelled. 
Therefore, considering these circumstances, your son may contact his employer in the UAE, regarding his current status and if such employer would like to continue the employment relationship with him. If the response is positive, then the employer may arrange for a fresh employment visa for your son. Otherwise, your son may re-enter the UAE on a visit visa.
Further, in view of your apprehensions, it may be advisable for you to engage a legal practitioner in the UAE, who may check with the competent authorities if there are any cases filed against your son, or if there are any impending issues regarding his entry to the UAE.

How you can settle UAE bank loan from outside the country

You have not specified the nature of the complaint filed against you, and therefore our response shall be based on two probable scenarios, viz. complaint on dishonour of security cheque and a civil suit being filed against you for recovery of debt.
In the UAE, banks usually collect cheques from the debtors as security against loan, and they reserve the right to submit such cheque for encashment for recovery of dues from the debtor. If the cheque gets dishonoured, the banks have the right to file criminal case against the debtors concerned. This is in accordance with Section 401 of Federal Law No. 3 of 1980 which reads as follows:
"Detention or a fine shall be imposed upon anyone who, in bad faith, gives a draft (cheque) without a sufficient and drawable balance or who, after giving a cheque, withdraws all or part of the balance, making the balance insufficient for settlement of the cheque, or if he orders a drawee not to cash a cheque or makes or signs the cheque in a manner that prevents it from being cashed. The same penalty shall apply to anyone who endorses a cheque in favour of another or gives him a bearer draft, knowing that there is no sufficient balance to honour the cheque or that it is not drawable."
Hence, if you issued cheque/s in favour of your bank and the same got dishonoured upon submission, we understand that the bank had subsequently filed a criminal complaint against you.
It may also be noted that your bank would reserve rights to simultaneously initiate a civil suit against you for recovery of dues from you.
Since you are interested in settlement of your dues against the bank, you may consider to appoint a legal practitioner in the UAE, who may on your behalf contact and negotiate with the bank for an alternative repayment plan, and also for withdrawal of the complaint/s filed or civil suits initiated against you.
In the event the bank agrees and provides a repayment plan for you, you may be able to rehabilitate your outstanding loan and get it out of default. Once your dues against the bank are settled, your legal counsel may further obtain a 'no dues certificate' for you from the bank.
Know the law:  Detention or a fine shall be imposed upon anyone who gives a draft (cheque) without a sufficient and drawable balance or who, after giving a cheque, withdraws all or part of the balance, making the balance insufficient for settlement of the cheque

Employees who worked on public holiday entitled to paid leave or overtime pay

Public holidays, official government working days and hours are determined by a decision of the UAE Cabinet.

Q-I work for a federal government company in shifts. My company gives me a day off on public holidays only if it falls during my day shift on a weekday. If the public holiday falls when I am on night shift or on a weekend, I don't get any sort of compensation. Is this legally right?
A-It is understood that you work for a federal government company in shifts and your employer grants you a paid leave for a public holiday only if it falls on a day when you are on day shift and on a weekday. Such a leave is not granted if the holiday falls on a weekend or on a day when you are scheduled to work on a night shift, and no compensation is given to you for this.
You have not specified your shift schedules and the type of employment, and we shall therefore assume that you are on a full-time employment and your employment is subject to the Federal Decree Law No. 11 for 2008 On Human Resources in the Federal Government (as amended by Federal Decree Law No. 9 for 2011 and Federal Decree Law No. 17 for 2016), called 'Human Resource Law'; and the Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2018 On the Executive Regulations of Human Resources Law in the Federal Government, called the 'Executive Regulation'.
According to the Human Resource Law, public holidays, official government working days and hours are determined by a decision of the UAE Cabinet. The chairman of your federal entity may also make necessary arrangements for flexible working hours and may invoke a shift system as necessary, provided that the total weekly working hours shall not exceed 48 hours. This is in accordance with the provisions of Article 74 read with the provisions of Article 75 of the Human Resource Law that read as follows:
"Article 74- 1. Official Government working days and hours are determined by a decision of the Cabinet.
"2. The Chairman of the Federal entity may make necessary arrangements for flexible working hours as needed and within the limits of normal working hours per week."
"Article 75: Public Holidays are determined by a decision of the Cabinet. The decision also designates competent authorities that announce public holidays."
The Executive Regulation further sets forth that when employees are required to work on official holidays, they shall be entitled to receive compensatory leave on some other day or, if applicable, may opt to receive extra compensation for the actual overtime work he performs during these days. However, if the said holiday coincides with a weekend, he is not entitled to any compensation. This is in accordance with the provisions of three clauses of the Article 116 read with the provisions of Article 117 and Article 122 of the Executive Regulation, which are quoted here for reference:
"Article 116: (3)The chairman of the federal entity may introduce a flexible working system as required by work needs and conditions as long as it is within the limits of approved weekly working hour.
"(5) Official holidays for federal entities shall be subject to Cabinet resolutions.
"(6) Except for religious holidays, any other holidays set forth in the proceeding article may be carried over to the beginning or end of the week, if they occur between two working days. The official holiday may not be moved or compensated if it coincides with another holiday or weekend."
Further, Article 117 of the Executive Regulation states that a federal entity may apply a system of shift-based work. The provision reads as follows:
"A Federal Entity may apply a shift system on all or part of the positions or organisational divisions within its structure, depending on its and requirements and nature of work, provided that the total weekly working hours shall not exceed 48 hours."
In accordance with the provisions of Article 122, it may be noted that when an employee is required by his or her superior to work on official holidays, he or she shall be granted paid leaves that are equal to the number of holidays he or she was on duty. Under clause (3) of Article 117, it may be noted that such employee may either choose days of paid leave for the number of days worked during public holidays, or may seek compensation for the actual overtime work performed during the period. The provisions under Article 122 read as follows:
"Compensation for work during official holidays:
1- The direct superior may assign an employee to work during an official holiday if deemed necessary as per work requirements.
"2-An employee who works on official holidays shall be granted days equal to the number of days he works during weekends in compensation. Part of a day shall be considered full day.
"3-An employee who is entitled to overtime pay may choose between being compensated by days equal to the number of days worked on official holidays or receive a payment in compensation for the actual overtime work he performs during official holidays."
In pursuance of these provisions of the Human Resource Law and those of the Executive Regulation, it may be noted that you shall not be entitled to compensation if the public holiday coincides with a weekend. But if a holiday coincides with a weekday when you work on night shifts, you may be entitled to additional days of paid leave or you may also choose to get compensation for overtime work.
You may address your concerns with your supervisor and seek compensatory days off or overtime payment, if your working hours have fallen on public holidays. However, if you feel that your supervisor has not followed the prescribed working hours for its subordinates, you may consult the human resource department of your organisation.
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If a public holiday falls on a weekend, no compensatory day off or overtime pay shall be granted to an employee.
Ashish Mehta is the founder and Managing Partner of Ashish Mehta & Associates. He is qualified to practise law in Dubai, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and India. Full details of his firm on: www.amalawyers.com. Readers may e-mail their questions to: news@khaleejtimes.com or send them to Legal View, Khaleej Times, PO Box 11243, Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed outlines 50-year charter for Dubai

The pledge comes a day after Sheikh Mohammed shared his 8-point mantra of governance.


A Dubai Silk Road that connects the East and West and the North and South are among the nine visions laid out by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
"Our region has historically been one of civilisation and trade and this role must be restored," Sheikh Mohammed said in the 'Fifty-Year Charter' unveiled on Sunday.
The document is a "pledge and promise, on behalf of myself and the ruling family of Dubai, of what we will undertake to improve the quality of life, develop the community of Dubai, and ensure the future of generations to come".
The charter will be released on January 4 each year to announce exceptional projects in Dubai. "We have divided this document into nine articles in order to facilitate implementation, follow up and accountability."
The pledge comes a day after Sheikh Mohammed shared his 8-point mantra of governance.
Below is the full text of the charter: 

The Fifty-Year Charter

In the Name of Allah, and praise be to Him!
From Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to the people of Dubai and its residents is a document that represents our pledge and promise, on behalf of myself and the ruling family of Dubai, of what we will undertake to improve the quality of life, develop the community of Dubai, and ensure the future of generations to come.
It is an annual document that I have named 'The Fifty-Year Charter' to mark my 50th anniversary of assuming my first official post in serving my country, and in the hope of another 50 years during which we will maintain a city governed by law and bound by the spirit of compassion, love harmony and tolerance.
A prosperous city where future generations achieve their dreams and aspirations.
On January 4, 2019, I declare my commitment, as well as the commitment of the ruling family of Dubai, and the commitment of our government and all our teams to the vision presented in this document.
We have divided this document into nine articles in order to facilitate its implementation, follow-up, and accountability.
This document does not replace the government's strategies, but it is a document that includes some aspects of our vision for the future city of Dubai and the life we wish to maintain for everyone living in this community.
We will release The Fifty-Year Charter on January 4 each year to announce exceptional projects in Dubai.
Our guidance to everyone is to act in accordance with this charter, and in accordance with the Eight Principles of Dubai document, which we have launched, to ensure continued prosperity.
The following are the nine articles, which I will personally observe, and overseen by the Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Article 1: Dubai Silk Road
Dubai is destined to be a crossroad between East and West, and between North and South.
We have the largest international airport in the world. It connects us with more than 200 cities.
Over the next 10 years, more than one billion passengers will pass through our airports.
Worldwide, we operate around 80 ports that are connected to hundreds of cities.
Our next goal is to build our own Silk Road in cooperation with our friendly neighbours who share our vision.
Our region has historically been a region of civilisation and trade, and this role must be restored. We will seek to build international cooperation to support these aspirations.
Article 2: A Geo-Economic Map for Dubai
In the coming phase, we will work to develop a geo-economic map for the city of Dubai and set up specialised, integrated economic zones in the whole city.
Each geo-economic sector in the city will have its own council, which manages and markets it.
Each geographical sector will have its own economic and investment goals.
We will monitor the achievement of these goals with transparency.
A Governor will be appointed for each economic zone to oversee the achievement of its goals, as well as its progress and success.
Article 3: First Virtual Commercial City
Dubai will lead the establishment of the rst virtual commercial city in the region that grants commercial licenses without having to reside in Dubai. e city will allow investors to open bank accounts and grant e-residencies according to best international laws and regulations. We aim to have 100,000 companies in the virtual city.
Article 4: Central Education File for Every Citizen
We aim to develop a centralised education database for every citizen to document all the academic degrees obtained, classes and training taken, and conferences attended.
This will help us design customised educational plans for our citizens that suit their personal skills.
We aim to build an educational and learning system that explores and develops people's skills.
Our goal for our citizens is to have life-long learning so they can continue to improve their skills and capacities to adapt to the rapid global changes in the world.
Article 5: A Doctor to Every Citizen
We aim to provide citizens with medical consultations 247/ through hundreds of thousands of doctors, specialists and medical consultants across the globe.
This will be facilitated by smart government application.
Our goal is to transform the medical system to bring doctors closer to individuals, enhance awareness, and utilize top medical minds globally to serve the health of our citizens.
Article 6: Free Economic and Creative Zones in Universities
Dubai's foundation is rooted in trade.
We will announce our public and private universities as free zones that allow students to carry out business and creative activities, make these activities part of the education and graduation system, and shape integrated economic and creative zones around the universities.
These zones will support students with education, research and funding during the launch of their projects.
We want our universities to not only graduate students but also create companies and employers.
Article 7: Self-sufficiency in Dubai Homes
We will develop an integrated program to build a comprehensive system that allows at least a tenth of our citizens' homes to be self-sufficient in terms of water, food and energy.
The achievement of this goal will help change lifestyles and contribute to the preservation of our environment.
We aim to create a new economic sector that supports energy, water and food self-sufficiency in the houses of Dubai, for at least a month, to be increased later. 
Article 8: Cooperative Companies in Various Sectors
This is a long-term programme that aims to provide new sources of income to our citizens, improve the quality of some services through privatization, and establishes cooperative companies owned by citizens in a number of vital sectors.  
Article 9: Annual Growth in Philanthropy
Our daily businesses and projects should not let us forget about giving to those who need help.
We pledge to increase philanthropic initiatives every year and grow them by at least an equal percentage of our annual economic growth.
Charity is indeed a major factor in the happiness of societies and the continuity of progress and prosperity.
These are some highlights of our future vision reflected in a number of practical programs that can be implemented and measured. A new Charter shall be launched in January 4, every year to sustain the welfare and happiness of our society.

UAE announces new rules for tourist visas


The decision follows the exemption of transit tourists from visa fees for the first 48 hours.

Tourists travelling to the UAE during the summer won't need to pay visa fees for dependents aged 18 years or below, the UAE Cabinet announced on Sunday. The fee exemption will be applicable between July 15 and September 15 every year and is expected to boost tourist numbers during the off peak season.
The decision follows the exemption of transit tourists from visa fees for the first 48 hours.  Travel agents in the UAE have welcomed the move, saying it would help boost tourism during the summer season.
A 14-day express tourist visa costs Dh497 per head and a 30-day multi-entry tourist visa costs Dh917 if the traveller purchases it online.
New visa rules in the UAE: All you need to know
However, according to tour operators, the most popular tourist visa is the 90-day multi-entry tourist visa, which is priced at Dh945.
"The total visa costs for a family of four (parents and two children) would be Dh3,780. With the exemptions, families will have to pay only Dh1,890, excluding taxes," a travel agent from Sharjah-based Sharaf Travels explained.
Rifa Dalvi, a travel consultant from Cozmo Travels, said the move would help residents who stay without their families in the UAE to bring their loved ones for a visit. "It will be great for all tourists ... Airlines offer ticket concessions for infants and children, it only makes sense that countries offer it for visas as well."
Travel agents said contrary to popular belief, the weather is not a deterrent for visitors during this time.
"For example, from Kerala, the festival of Onam is coming up. Though a lot of people want to go back home, now they can also bring their families here and celebrate the festival in Dubai," said the agent from Sharaf Travels. 
Shilpa Mahtani, COO of BNBME, a holiday management company, said the period of the fee-free visa offer coincides with the European summer holiday. "Hopefully, we can get some crowds from there, too."
Cofounder and CTO of travel web portal Musafir.com Albert Dias said the move would help promote travel to the UAE from within the GCC region. "However, we expect it to have a limited impact on inbound travel from key feeder markets such as India. Most parents with children in these markets prefer to travel during their local school summer holiday seasons, which usually run from April to June."
The number of passengers travelling through the country's airports reached 32.8 million during the first quarter of this year.

New visa rules in UAE: All you need to know

A number of visa facilitations for visitors, residents, families and people overstaying have been approved by the Cabinet.

The Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, adopted a number of visa facilitations for visitors, residents, families and people overstaying their visa to cater for a wider segment of the society.
The Cabinet approved a new legislative package, including a review of the current residency system to allow a two-year extension of the residency period for the dependents of their parents after finishing their university studies.
Transit visa
1. A new decision has also been approved to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours.
2. Transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50.
3. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.
Visa for overstayed job seekers  
In the same context, the Cabinet adopted a decision to grant people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a "no entry" passport stamp.
. A new 6-month visa will be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country.
.  The temporary visa enhances the UAE's position as a land of opportunities and a destination for talents and professionals.
. As for Individuals who entered the UAE illegally, they will have the chance to leave voluntarily with a "no entry" stamp for two years given that they provide a valid return ticket.
.  In a step aimed at simplifying the process and easing the financial burden on individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa, they can now do so for a fee without having to leave and re-enter the country.

Dubai based companies won’t be fined; license renewals made easier


The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) on Tuesday said that the decree No 20 of 2018 exempting companies operating in Dubai from fines and facilitating license renewals, which was issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, reflects the vision of Dubai’s leadership to further enhance the competitiveness of the Emirate.
DED observed that the decree is a strong testament to the leadership’s continued support to the business sectors in the emirate and in overcoming all obstacles that face them, in addition to underpinning His Highness's vision to strengthening the economy and creating a competitive environment conducive to investments in Dubai.
Sami Al Qamzi, Director General, DED, said: "DED urges all business owners to benefit from the decree, which exempts companies and establishments operating in the Emirate of Dubai from all the fines imposed on them, and facilitate the procedures for renewing licenses by the end of 2018. This will add to the financial benefits of the owners of expired business licenses, restore legal records and licenses, and help the business community in Dubai enhance their competitiveness".
Omar Bushahab, CEO, Business Registration & Licensing Sector in DED, said: "This decree is a positive step in promoting economic growth and consolidating Dubai's position as one of the important commercial and economic centres internationally. It reaffirms to investors and businessmen around the world that Dubai effectively addresses various economic variables with a forward-looking vision by adopting best practices and regulations. It also helps to remove concerns among investors and entrepreneurs looking to expand their business".
Bushahab urged the owners of business licenses to expedite all necessary procedures to benefit from the exemptions to renew their licenses before the grace period until the end of 2018.
The decree is part of the initiatives launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to reduce cost of doing business and facilitate inward investment in the emirate. The Department of Economic Development is implementing four initiatives to stimulate competitiveness and achieve sustainable economic development in Dubai. These are related to exempting businesses from fines and trade violations, reducing operational cost in the retail sector, supporting local production and procurement, as well as attracting the best startups to Dubai and promoting them.

10-year residence visa in UAE for investors, doctors, specialists and top students


100% ownership for investors, 10-year residence for investors, professionals and families, plus top students

ABU DHABI: To further boost the UAE’s position as a primary destination for international investors and top talent from around the world, the Cabinet on Sunday has adopted a new system of entry visas for investors and professionals — providing them with a long-term visa for up to 10 years.

The decision, made during a Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, further reinforces the UAE’s position as a primary destination for international investors and global talent.
ترأست اجتماعا لمجلس الوزراء أقررنا خلاله التالي: 100% تملك المستثمرين العالميين للشركات بالدولة، تأشيرات إقامة للمستثمرين تصل ل10 أعوام ،وتأشيرات إقامة تصل ل10 أعوام للمتخصصين من أطباء ومهندسين وغيرهم ولأسرهم وأيضا للطلاب المتفوقين. الإمارات ستبقى حاضنة للمبدعين ووجهة للمستثمرين
The move was initially announced in a tweet sent out from the official Twitter handle of Shaikh Mohammad.
The new rule was approved by at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Shaikh Mohammad at the Presidential Place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Lt. General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, were also present.
.@HHShkMohd chairs Cabinet meeting & announces decisions allowing 100% ownership of UAE-based enterprises for int’l investors, residency visas for up to 10 years for investors & professionals (doctors, engineers, etc.) and their families in addition to grade ‘A’ students.

Residency system amended

"The UAE will remain a global incubator for exceptional talents and a permanent destination for international investors. Our open environment, tolerant values, infrastructure and flexible legislation are the best plan to attract global investment and exceptional talents to the UAE," stated Shaikh Mohammad.
He also directed the Ministry of Economy, in coordination with the concerned parties, to implement the resolution and follow up on its developments, and to submit a detailed study in the third quarter of this year.

New visa system

The new visa system will increase the chances of attracting investors and competencies to the UAE and thus, further boost the country's economic competitiveness globally.
The global investors' ownership of UAE-based businesses is expected to reach 100% by the end of the year.
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10-year residence visas

The system will grant investors and talents up to 10-year residency visas for specialists in medical, scientific, research and technical fields, as well as for all scientists and innovators.
It also grants five-year residency visas for students studying in the UAE, and 10-year visas for exceptional students.
The Cabinet also issued instructions to conduct a review of the residency system with a view to extending residency permits for those sponsored by their parents after completing their university studies to facilitate their future residence in the UAE.

Sign language dictionary adopted

Meanwhile, the Cabinet adopted in its Sunday session the UAE Sign Language Dictionary, the first UAE-language reference dictionary for the UAE dialect, and a unified reference language for people with hearing disabilities in the UAE.
The Emirati Sign Language Dictionary is in line with UAE Vision 2021 and the National Agenda in maintaining a cohesive society and promoting an inclusive environment that integrates all segments of society while preserving the UAE's unique culture and heritage.
The guide will facilitate the exchange of knowledge between the members of society and those with hearing disabilities and harmony among them, and promote the linguistic identity of the deaf community in the country and increase their pride in their homeland and their own language, derived from the local dialect.

Resolutions

The UAE Cabinet also adopted a resolution on the Hajj and Umrah system, which aims to develop the regulations and procedures in line with the approved electronic pathway programme for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, which includes Hajj permits and permit-granting regulations.
The Cabinet also adopted the Federal Law on Medical Assistance in Reproduction, which comes as a renewal of the current law in the same field.
The new law expands its provisions to include new regulations in licensing medical centers.

School calendar for 2018-2021

On the other hand, the Cabinet adopted the school calendar for the next three years (2018-2021) for all levels of education in order to provide all parties involved in the educational process with a clear and accurate view of the school calendar.

Emirates Diplomatic Academy

The Cabinet also approved the restructuring of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy under the chairmanship of Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees also includes: Dr. Anwar bin Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State; Ali Mohammad Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary General of the National Security Council; Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to the French Republic; Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, Mohammad Issa Abushahab, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Kingdom of Belgium; Mohammad Ahmad Al Harbi as well as Abdelnasser Jamal Al Shaali from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Foreign Humanitarian Assistance 

The Cabinet also approved the re-formation of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Humanitarian Assistance headed by Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, to coordinate and organize the UAE's humanitarian response to all international humanitarian crises and situations.
The committee includes representatives of the armed forces, UAE Red Crescent Authority, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Dubai Cares Foundation, and the World Humanitarian City.
The Cabinet also adopted the establishment of a UAE Embassy in Ivory Coast in Abidjan and the establishment of a UAE Consulate General in Zanzibar in the Republic of Tanzania.

The Cabinet also approved an agreement between the Government of the Republic of Moldova on economic and technical cooperation, an agreement with the Government of Turkmenistan on cultural cooperation and the adoption of UAE’s contribution to the Eleventh Replenishment of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for the period 2019-2021.