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Domestic workers aged over 60 years shall be allowed to get their employment contracts renewed under three conditions, including medical fitness, payment of medical coverage and an official consent by competent departments allowing them to continue their residency visa, according to the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
"This step stems from the Ministry's keenness to meet the needs of the employers and households wishing to keep their domestic helpers for longer periods and who are certain their performance is not affected by age," said Khalil Khouri, the Ministry's Under-Secretary for Domestic Workers' Affairs.
According to the ministry's announcement, the auxiliary worker should be physically fit under a medical certificate issued by relevant government authorities.
Their employers should bear the entire financial costs of their medical treatment in the UAE.
Thirdly, an official approval must be obtained from competent bodies, allowing the continuation of their residency visa in the UAE.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has introduced Tadbeer service centres for handling all household and domestic workers in the UAE. Sponsored by the ministry, the Tadbeer service centres guarantees safety and security for those wanting to hire domestic workers.
UAE employers were asked to prioritise the safety of their employees during the current unstable weather conditions.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the ‘Golden Card’ scheme to grant permanent residency benefits to investors, entrepreneurs, specialised talents, researchers, and outstanding students.
From 15th July 2019 the dependents under the age of 18 will be exempted from visa fees during the summer season by Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).
About half the country's roughly 110 million people are currently under quarantine — including millions in deep poverty, left jobless by tough restrictions on movement.
The first phase testing would take around three months, CSIRO's director of health Rob Grenfell told Reuters, adding that any resulting vaccine would not be available to the public before late next year.
Confirmed coronavirus infections around the world approached one million on Thursday as the pandemic spread at a "near-exponential" rate, with a six-week-old baby becoming one of the youngest known victims.