Cult Clashes: UAE tightens visa for Nigerians

…Now demands 6-month bank statements, others  The United Arab Emirates, (UAE), has commenced the issuance of visas to Nigerians a week after it imposed outright bans following cult clashes that erupted between rival cult groups Eiye and Aiye, in Dubai and Sharjah areas.  The new requirements for Nigerians seeking travel access to the middle eastern city include confirmed hotel reservations, a six-month bank statement showing both cash inflows and outflows, and a confirmed return ticket confirmation, according to information circulated by travel agencies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.…

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected UAE president

The United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s long-time de facto ruler, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was yesterday elected as president, official media said, a day after the death of former leader Sheikh Khalifa. Sheikh Mohamed was elected by the Federal Supreme Council, WAM news agency said, becoming the ruler of the oil-rich country founded by his father in 1971. Sheikh Mohamed, often known as ‘MBZ’, met members of the Federal Supreme Council, made up of rulers of the UAE’s seven emirates, as the oil-rich country enters a period of mourning…

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Travel Ban: Nigeria, UAE renew diplomatic tensions over Emirate Airlines

Tension between the United Arab Emirates, (UAE) and Nigeria is yet again making the news. Days after the Arab nation lifted its ban on countries, including Nigeria, travelling into the country, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is refusing to allow the Dubai-based carrier, Emirates Airlines, to resume operations in Nigeria. The Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, while speaking to newsmen on Friday, had said “Emirates Airline cannot operate in the country until it officially communicated to Nigeria”. However, diplomatic documents sighted by this…

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Nigeria, UAE renew diplomatic tensions over Emirate Airline

Tension between the United Arab Emirates, (UAE) and Nigeria is yet again making the news. Days after the Arab nation lifted its ban on countries, including Nigeria, travelling into the country, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is refusing to allow the Dubai-based carrier, Emirates Airlines, to resume operations in Nigeria. The Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Musa Nuhu, while speaking to newsmen on Friday, had said “Emirates Airline cannot operate in the country until it officially communicated to Nigeria”. However, diplomatic documents sighted by this…

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Travel Ban: ‘Nigeria yet to receive official communication from UAE – NCAA DG

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), yesterday said the federal government is yet to be officially informed about the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lifting travel ban placed on Nigeria. Recall that on Thursday, UAE aviation authorities tweeted that flights can resume between Nigeria and UAE from Saturday. Following the lifting of the ban, the Dubai-based airline, Emirates, announced the resumption of flights to five countries immediately from Saturday without mentioning Nigeria. However, speaking to newsmen, the NCAA Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, said the Emirates Airline cannot operate in the country…

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Dubai Expo: Gombe Governor Visits Nigerian Pavilion, Woos Investors

Umar Kaltungo Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has visited the Nigerian Pavilion at the EXPO 2020 Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, (UAE). The Expo 2020 is a world exhibition of industrial goods and services, currently ongoing in Dubai from 1st October, 2021 to 31st March, 2022. It was originally scheduled for October 20, 2020 to 10 April 2021, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It could be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in December, 2021 led a Nigerian delegation to Dubai to attend Nigeria Day…

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Covid-19: UAE lifts travel ban on Nigeria and 11 other African countries

The United Arab Emirate, (UAE), has announced the restriction on flights arriving from Nigeria and 11 other African nations will be lifted on Saturday, January 29. UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) which said it was lifting the ban initially imposed as part of measures to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, also said flight arrivals can also resume from countries like Botswana, Congo Republic, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The statement read: “The excluded categories should present…

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UAE Crisis: Group condemns attack on Nigeria’s Consul-General

A group, the United Nigerian Stakeholders, (UNS), has defended the Nigerian Consul-General to the United Arab Emirate, (UAE), Atinuke Mohammed, over allegations accusing the Federal Government of not doing enough to protect Diaspora Nigerians in the UAE. The group made the clarification while responding to an online publication by a group of Nigerians residing in the UAE, who condemned the refusal of the government of the Arab country to renew work permits for Nigerians residing there. In an issued statement yesterday, the UNS said the Nigerian Consul-General to the UAE…

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Civil Marriage: Non-Muslim couple tie the knot for the first time in UAE

The United Arab Emirate, UAE, has issued its first civil marriage license for a non-Muslim couple as the Gulf country seeks to keep its edge over regional competitors.  The UAE, where foreigners make up 90 percent of the approximately 10-million population, has been amending its laws to present itself as a modernising force in a largely conservative region.  The Canadian couple were the first to marry under a new law on the personal status of non-Muslims in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi.  The move is seen to contribute to the consolidation of…

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Covid-19: UAE bans Nigerian passengers, others over Omicron variant

The United Arab Emirates, (UAE), has suspended travellers from Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia from entering the country. The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority and the General Civil Aviation Authority, (GCAA), who announced the decision yesterday, said the suspension is with effect from today, Saturday. The development has created chaos for both in-bound and out-bound passengers, including Nigerians wishing to come home for the Yuletide. According to reports, some passengers have arranged last-minute flight changes to other European, African and US carriers. The new travel rule…

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