This week the spotlight is on immigration and ecclesiastical developments in United Arab Emirates where the President of UAE has issued instructions to authorities on the position of mixed Emirati-Qatari families. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have severed ties with Qatar and announced that Qatari nationals had 14 days to leave the country. As a result many Emirati-Qatari joint families feared that this would mean their families would be split up. However, the UAE, along with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, announced measures that take into account such humanitarian circumstances of citizens who have married Qatari nationals and they are allowed to stay with their families. Affected families have been told to call a hotline +9718003626. UAE borders and airports have also been told not to prevent any Qatari national with first degree Emirati relatives from passing through. It has also been confirmed by Saudi authorities that Qataris going on Haj and Umrah pilgrimages would not be stopped from entering Saudi Arabia.
The UAE Federal Human Resources Department has announced that the Eid holiday for federal ministries and authorities starts on Saturday 24 June 2017 and up to Tuesday 27 June 2017 if Eid was on 25th June 2017. However, if Eid is Monday 26 June 2017 the Eid holiday starts from 24th June 2017 and ends Thursday 29th June.