Category Archives: Gulf

Emirates to charge fee for seat selection from October 3


Emirates will begin charging an advance seat selection fee ahead of its standard two-day check-in window for some of its Economy fares starting from October 3, the Middle East’s biggest airline has said. The new fee structure, ranging between Dh50 and Dh150, will apply to Economy Class Special and Saver fares , Emirates said. Seat charges will vary depending on the distance of the flight ..

Advance seating selection fees :

1 ) Short Haul: Dh50 between Dubai and GCC countries, Middle Eastern countries, Indian Ocean

2 ) Medium Haul: Dh100 between Dubai and Europe, Africa and East Asia

3 ) Long Haul: Dh150 between Dubai and Americas and Australasia

5th Freedom (Short and Medium Haul): Dh50 or Dh100 when Emirates flies between two foreign countries. A child discount of 50 per cent applies on the seat charges, as provided in a table with the charge breakdown.


Pinay rape victim in Saudi passes away , Philippines calls for investigation


Philippine government officials called for an investigation into the case of an overseas Filipina worker OFW who died in a hospital in Riyadh after allegedly suffering abuse.
The department of foreign affairs will continue to do whatever is necessary for Ms Irma Edloy and her family, including the repatriations of her remains,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said on Friday.
“There will be legal action against the perpetrator, especially if the legal report indicates that Ms. Edloy passed due to her wounds from any maltreatment,” said Jose.
Edloy died on Thursday night, according Philippine media reports. Philippine Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III visited her earlier during an emergency trip to Riyadh to help repatriate thousands of Filipino workers who lost their jobs and are stranded in Saudi Arabia.
She had a heart attack immediately after seeing her employer at the hospital,” said Berliz. Some suggested that she may have been raped. The report quoted a nurse in the hospital as saying that the victim was raped five times by her employer.
She may be gone, but every effort must be made to make sure that her case will not be buried and forgotten, and had bruises on her body and lacerations on her private parts when brought to the hospital , nurses at the hospital said.

Qatar Airways plane makes emergency landing in Istanbul

A Qatar Airways passenger plane has made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport due to an engine fire believed to have been caused by a bird. All passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the Doha-bound plane, the airline said. Qatar Airways can confirm that today’s QR240 from Istanbul Atatürk airport to Doha has returned to Istanbul and has landed safely,” the carrier said in a statement .

Saudi revises visa fees , bears cost for all first time pilgrims

New amendments have been introduced to visa fees in Saudi Arabia, the country’s cabinet of ministers has announced today. Most notably, the changes will see all visa fees completely waived off  and fully paid for by the Saudi government for all first-time pilgrims coming for either Hajj or Umra. The newly introduced fee structure includes a single-entry visa that will cost travelers 2,000 Saudi Riyals ($533), applicable to all visitors, except first time pilgrims.A six month multiple-entry visa will now cost 3,000 Saudi Riyals (SR), a one year multiple-entry visa will cost SR5000, while a two year multiple-entry visa will cost SR8000. The Saudi Cabinet has also made it clear that these changes will not impact any bilateral deals already signed by Saudi Arabia and other countries.
As for transit visas, their new fee is going to be SR300. Exit visa fee for anyone leaving the Kingdom through its seaports will be SR50. These revised fees will come into force from 2 October 2016.Meanwhile, “exit and re-entry” visa fees for residents will be SR200 for a single trip for two months. SR100 will be charged for each additional month till the validity of residence permit (iqama). Exit and reentry visa fee for multiple trips will be SR500 for three months. SR200 will be charged for each additional month till the validity of residence permit. 

The new charges were announced during Monday’s weekly meeting of the Saudi Council of Ministers, which was chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef who is also the kingdom’s Interior Minister. There were other decisions announced during the meeting, including new and revised fines for traffic violations.

Saudi King orders to pay unpaid salaries of workers


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has allocated SAR 100m and issued a series of directives with the intention of resolving all cases of unpaid salaries in the kingdom.This follows complaints from hundreds of thousands of workers in the construction sector over unpaid dues.the directive obliges companies to pay the salaries of their workers through the wage protection programme.

Under the system, companies will not be paid for their work by the government until the Ministry of Labour confirms that workers’ salaries have been paid on time.The SAR 100m fund will be deposited in the Saudi Arab Fund with the intention of deducting any costs related to resolving the issue from violating firms’ accounts.In recent months, local construction firms Saudi Oger and Saudi Binladin Group have made headlines following protests and thousands of complaints from workers over unpaid wages.