Good News and Bad News
More good news today, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has been voted 'Most Popular Bloke in the Gulf', and quite right too. He is the visionary behind pretty much every major project to be built or proposed in Dubai in the last 10 years.
Crap news also - my rejoicing at the lifting of the 6-month employment ban was premature. Now it seems that you won't get an automatic ban when your employment visa is cancelled after you quit your job if you have an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from your former employer. NOCs are about as common as hen's teeth. Today's news reports say that you can still be banned if you apply for a new visa with a new employer.
The reports re-iterated something that I was just too dazed and confused to comprehend when I read it a couple of days after arriving back in Do Buy from my holiday. It goes like this: (according to 7Days)...
"The move comes as part of recent changes in the law to allow workers to switch sponsors if their employer agrees. Masters and doctorate holders can change repeatedly for a fee of dhs1,500 each time. Bachelor degree holders can change for dhs3,000, while labourers will have to pay dhs5,000."
Workers at various levels are to be charged fees by the Gubment for the privilege of changing their sponsor. Another secret tax, methinks. And who's gonna pay the Dhs 5,000 for a labourer?