• Emirates24|7

    400 Gold Card UAE visas issued so far: GDRFA

    A total of four hundred golden visas have been handed out in the UAE so far with a target of 6,800 by the end of the year, Major General Mohammad Al Marri, Director-General of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, GDRFA, said on Tuesday. "This was announced during a press conference to explain the new Gold Card visa process, which started on 21st May this year, and applies to investors and talented individuals. Speaking at the press conference at the GDRFA headquarters in Al Jaffiliya on Tuesday, Al Marri said, "The Gold visa given to some has got a duration of 10 years, it means a golden visa is only 10 years but it is renewable. "So long as they still satisfy terms and conditions and are still in the same activity," the visa will continue, added Al Marri, but if investors decreased in worth or their business failed within those 10 years, "things would be looked at on a case to case basis," he said.

  • Al Jazeera

    Photo of drowned father and daughter highlights migrants' perils

    The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl tucked inside. The searing photograph of the sad discovery of their bodies on Monday, captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada, highlights the perils faced by mostly Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States. According to Le Duc's reporting for La Jornada, Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, frustrated because the family from El Salvador was unable to present themselves to US authorities and request asylum, swam across the river on Sunday with his daughter, Valeria.

  • Emirates24|7

    Kate Beckinsale attends the 2019 NBA Awards

    Kate Beckinsale arrives for the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar. Robin Roberts Issa Rae Chris Tucker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L) and Giannis Antetokounmpo Charles Barkley NBA player Rudy Gobert, of the Utah Jazz, poses in the press room with the defensive player of the year award at the NBA Awards. Shaquille O'Neal performs at the NBA Awards. Photos: AFP/AP

  • Al Jazeera

    Iran says US sanctions on Khamenei closed path to diplomacy

    Iran said on Tuesday that a decision by the United States to impose "hard-hitting" sanctions on the country's top leadership, including the supreme leader, has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. "Imposing useless sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran's diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a tweet. "Trump's desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security." But the US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday that President Donald

  • Emirates24|7

    Heavy security for Amitabh Bachchan!

    Amitabh Bachchan is shooting amidst very high security for his film Gulabo Sitabo helmed by Shoojit Sircar. The film is being shot in the Uttar Pradesh city of Lucknow and the people in the nawabon ka shaher are more than excited to get their UP boy back in their state shooting. Bachchan has not shot in Uttar Pradesh for a while now and the actor's presence in the state shooting for a Bollywood flick is reason enough for not just the public but the media as well to throng there to catch a glimpse of the megastar. “It has been sheer madness for the security personnel. They have been on their guard not just during the shoot but in and around the hotel where Bachchan Sr has been put up. The shooting

  • Al Jazeera

    The US: The bully who cried wolf

    There is a famous fable by ancient Greek storyteller Aesop about a shepherd boy who habitually lied for fun. While looking after a flock of sheep near a village, every now and then he would cry "Wolf! Wolf!" to bring the villagers rushing, just to laugh at them and their naivety. One day the wolf did actually attack his flock, and the shepherd boy cried "Wolf!! Wolf!"- this time for real. But by then, the villagers had wisened up and ignored his cries. With no one coming to help, the boy could do nothing to stop the wolf feasting on his flock. Aesop concludes: "There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth." The US, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom say it does, Iran says it

  • Arabian Business

    Mohamed Hadid hits back at social media 'trolls' after Bella controversy

    Supermodel Bella Hadid's father, real estate developer Mohamed Hadid, has hit back at social media “trolls” after his 22-year-old Palestinian-American model came under fire for posting an image deemed by some as “insulting” towards the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The now-deleted post shows the model's boot held in the air near a window that overlooks a row of airplanes boasting the flags of the two countries. The model was quick to take it down and issued an apology to fans in Arabic and English, stating that the positioning of her foot had “nothing to do with politics” and that the story was “an honest mistake on an early morning”. Hadid, founder of Hadid Design and Development Group, has also come