Emirates Diary in the year 2014 – Important Notes and statistics!

Emirates Diary in the Year 2014

Hello Readers and my well wishers,

Greetings.

3 years back, in the beginning of the year 2012, Emirates Diary was born as an insignificant Blog in Dubai. This was all because I wanted to do something on the internet, that changed the world a bit. I achieved this by writing about various issues that I would come across in my life in UAE. Soon, people started taking notice and Emirates Diary grew from strength to strength. All thanks to you, my dear Readers and Well wishers.

emirates-diary-progress

My idea initially with Emirates Diary was to cover events and happenings around UAE; however it proved very difficult for me alone to cover such a  vast ocean of events in Dubai. 

I tried looking where is the real pain point that everybody faced and how I could help others. This is where I changed the traction of Emirates Diary to address issues such as Labour Law of UAE, useful information on Life in UAE, information on Money and how to save money and few other topics. I stuck to these basic and core issues.

And YOU listened and gave me a thumping round of applause. 

Why do I do what I do?

The below is a screenshot of one of many emails that I received: (Click on image for Large View)

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Wouldn’t you feel great receiving such emails for what you have done? 

Not only this. I do earn little money through ads placed on my site and affiliates. However, money is not my primary motivation!

Few important statistics of the year 2014 (Till November 2014)

TRAFFIC

The year 2014 has been a great success for Emirates Diary when it comes to traffic. Web traffic increased 50% YoY!

See the below screen shot of traffic from Jan 2014 to Nov 2014:

This statistic is removed upon request by Webmaster.

This is a massive number for a blog that has less than 500 posts and is 3 year old!! I am really stunned and thank you for your support.

NEW MEMBERS

Emirates Diary currently has more than 20,000 registered members who have subscribed to the blog. Although I have not been actively sending email campaigns, this is an area where I would like to improve and send regular and useful info  to my readers. 

COMMENTS

Emirates Diary has reached a milestone of 10,000 comments published on the site on 12-12-2014. Thank you for that.

I make it a point to reply to each and every comment that I receive. However, this is not possible some time amid my other commitments.

WHAT HAVE I LEARNT THROUGH THE BLOG?

Through Emirates Diary, I learnt that you do not need to be an ultra expert in any field to spread the knowledge. I was not a web designer! I was not an expert in UAE Labour Law! I wasn’t a great writer! I was not an expert on SEO! I was nothing!  But now I know that anyone with focus and a bit of dedication can learn and conquer anything. Money is not the only priority; Love, Trust and Respect of others is more important. It feels great when experts email you and ask for advice!! 

I also learnt that you do not need to spend money on marketing a blog as I have not spent even 1 Dirham on any marketing. This is pure trust of readers and nothing else.

WHAT HAVE I PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE OF BLOG?

There is nothing particular in my mind other than bringing new articles and posts to Emirates Diary. But I will do my best to bring in some creativity and will keep you informed.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

If you face any problem or challenge chances are others have the same problems and challenges too. I suggest you start your own blog and write about it. Trust me it is worth it!! You may be an engineer, a graphic designer, an architect, a grocery store owner, an office boy, a merchandiser and what not…anyone……

Start something. Dedicate little time and I bet you can also help others and in the process earn little bit of income. There is very little that you have to spend to start your blog.

If you need help initially to set up of the blog, just drop me an email [deepakmelwyn at gmail.com] or comment below. I will be happy to help you.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want to criticise something, please do not start a blog. Do not criticise any country or any officials. Do something good instead!

MY BASIC ARABIC E-BOOK – AN EXPERIMENT

My experiment with e-book reaped huge rewards!! My first and FREE e-book “Learn Basic Arabic” has now been downloaded more than 1000 times!! 

You can download it here if you have not already. It’s FREE!!

A HAPPY NEW YEAR

I wish all the Readers and Well wishers of Emirates Diary, a very Happy New Year. May all of us have a best 2015.

I hope this article has motivated you. Don’t sit down and think. TAKE ACTION TODAY. Read my RESOURCES page and do something good yourselves. World will be a better place!

I have a very special announcements regarding something personal in the coming year for you.

Till then,

All the Best!

Deepak

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  • hi deepak, ure web or blog what ever it is, very informative .great work but i think couple of things needs to be upgraded or revised. like i need to know for LLC formation min capital is 150,000AED, which i think has been removed as necessary. please advise ifit still exists.

  • Dear Deepak,

    I works under a limited contract and want to resign and set up business.
    Will there any one-year ban be imposed on me?
    Thanks and Regards

  • Hey man I need a job I have complete bacholer in m eng and sociology I need 5000ade job now im working in carrefour but cntract not finish can I change my job if I got 5000 ade in next cpny.

  • I would like to know if a person has Aed 50000 savings, what is the best way to do it??

    Do you know any islamic way of doing it interest free??

    • Adnan,
      Best Islamic way that has worked for me is to invest in National Bonds. Not only are they Sharia compliant, you could earn profit and be a millionaire!!!

  • From: Roji
    Subject: resignation

    Message Body:
    Dear Deepak

    I have given resignation notice with immediate effect and the paper got signed by site project manager and the regional projects director, site personnels told me to wait to get clearance papers it’s been 5 days now am still waiting. My contract is unlimited and my profession is planning engineer, company stamped visa on 18 December 2014 and am on probation, pro says concerned officer is not here, when he comes we will get signed. In the resignation notice my last working day is 18 January 2015, my passport is with the pro office, checked with mol , they say that I have to wait for 30 days.

    My family situation is not good, I had to return India asap.

    I don’t know what to do, am confused

  • Sir, just one last question, what if for example, an employee’s documents were not yet submitted and processed at the department of labor, meaning the labor card wasnt applied yet, does an employee still have a labor ban when she/he gets terminated? Thank you for your patience sir..

    • Maricel,
      If your documents are not processed at MOL, there will be no automatic labour ban.

  • Hi Deepak,

    Great Going Bro.

    Thanks for the immense help to everyone,Your work is really appreciated.

    My question is I signed my Offer letter during my visit visa from the company in the month of August 2014 and my joining date was from 24th September 2014(mentioned in offer letter).But the company couldn’t fulfill their commitments and they send me the Work Permit Visa dated on 2nd February 2015 and I landed here on 10th Feb 2015.

    I started working the day(11th February 2015) after I landed in Dubai but the company mentioned their are some legal issues so the operations can only start from 1st of March and also the payroll.

    The company send me 6 days late from the date of Work Permit Visa expiry date which is 8th of April 2015 for the Medicals and Emirates Id.

    Now both the clearance of the Medicals and Emirates Id id cleared and the company has taken my Passport for Visa Stamping.

    The company then signed the contract with me on 16th of April 2015 stating that this is limited contract with the starting date from 10th of February 2015 and also in the contract it is mentioned the company will bear my air flight expenses coming here for the first time with the work permit visa.

    Putting forward my query the company stated they cant pay salary from 10th Feb 2015 the starting date and also they cant pay for my flight tickets.

    The company paid my first salary after 50 days and it is expected this month also they will do the same.

    They also mentioned to pay my reimbursements for travelling,which also they are not paying.

    The company is not is a good shape and I want to resign now because their is no growth,salary issues,reimbursement issues,misbehavior,false promises.Plus the employer has a very bad abusive mouth.The company is a start up but they mentioned they are 10 years old in the market,I couldn’t do my research because of some medical emergency back at home in my native country during my exit during Visit Visa.They have only 3 employees.On top they are saying next month onwards I have to work on commission basis, no salary will be provided.

    The Probation is for 6 months.

    My question are:

    1-What will happen if I resign now will I have to serve a notice period of 30 days as mentioned in the Offer letter after my visa stamping.?
    2-Will I get paid during notice period?
    3-Can they cancel my visa during notice period?
    4-Can I search for a job in the meantime without exiting?
    5-Will I face a 6 months ban or 1 year ban?
    6-Can I lift my ban stating the following reasons and paying to the Labour?
    7-Can I work in Free zone?
    8-Can I exit and come back with a Visit Visa and search for a job after my Visa is cancelled?
    9- Do I have to pay anything to the company after I resign.

    My Present designation is Sales Executive,I have a MBA degree holder with 7 years experience back in my native country and my present salary is 5000 Dihrams.

    Wait for you kind revert,have a great day ahead.

    God Bless.

    Thanks and Regards

    • Dhruv,
      You can not give reasons of ‘lack of time and circumstances’ for not doing your research before signing the contract with the company.
      I will try to answer your queries:
      1. You will go according to your labour contract.
      2. Yes, you should get paid during notice period.
      3. Yes.
      4. Yes. After cancellation, you have up to 30 days to stay in UAE but that will depend on the company.
      5. Unlimited contract 6 month ban, limited contract 1 year ban
      6. Depends on MOL approval.
      7. Yes. But if there is a immigration ban for 1 year, you can not work in free zone.
      8. Yes.
      9. No.
      For post graduates, there usually is no labour ban.

  • Hi
    If you are looking for business finance,call me any time.

    Regards,
    Mohamad Arif khan
    0526927983

  • Hi Deepak,
    Thank you very much for your help. I currently work for Emirates and haven’t been working since beginning of February because I broke my elbow at home. Unfortunately I can’t go back to work so I am gonna probably terminated because of medical condition. Now I have been told that because of that, I am able to receive a compensation if Emirates request it to the government. To be honest it doesn’t sound quite believable to me but I would rather ask than not know. Thank you very much

  • Dear Deepak,
    I have been following your advise. I need your expert advise for my friend who is working in Dubai in a reputed firms since almost 3 years. He is possessing BE and MBA degree. His company has suspended from his duty since 45 days out of which 10 days on reduced pay. Still company has not shared with him the investigation results on his allegations. My question is 1. Is it legal to suspend an employee for more than 45 days and still investigation results are pending. 2) In case company terminate his employment with some monetary penalties. 3) what the options my friend will have to challenge the decision. Your feedback would be highly appreciated.

    • Sunny,
      I am not sure about this. This is company internal affair.
      If you feel there is something that is not right, you should either approach MOL or get in touch with a lawyer.

  • Dear Sir,
    I just wanted to know the procedure on how to transfer my visa . For now, I’m working in a company under Employment visa. My Boss was unhappy with my performance and he said that I can go and search another job. I know i will have a ban but he said they will give me NOC .I know still its not that okay since it has to be more on process. So i got the job in Sharjah and its a Government visa/ job.Is it possible to transfer my visa or is it better to cancel the employment and apply the new visa in Sharjah? Kindly advice me on this since my visa employment visa is going to end soon on 5th of November 2015.

    • Lorevil,
      You will need to cancel the visa and the new company will apply for the new visa.
      If you are joining government organisation, there is no labour ban applicable.