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For the purpose of sponsoring a Nanny/house maid, the Department of Naturalization and Residence in Dubai requires the following:

1. The basic salary shall be AED5000 + accommodation or 6000 without accommodation 
2. In case of accommodation 2 bed rooms required and the tenancy contract should be attested.
3. Labour contract which shows the salary should be attested.
4. AED 2,000 refundable guarantee for one time and the visa is for one year only renewable yearly.
5. The Fees are around AED 5,000 per year
6. A per the Dept. of Naturalization and Residency there is no minimum salary. The salary depends on the mutual   agreement between the sponsor and the maid.
7. For applicants with no child the Department of Naturalization and Residency will consider the application as special request and it will give the decision it may approve or reject.  In case of approval the applicant is allowed to bring the maid from the same nationality provided that he/she should get a letter from the embassy that proves that the nanny/maid is not one of the applicant relatives.

Posted: 14:41 February 28, 2013
Posted by Bassam Za’Za’, Legal and Court Correspondent


Francis 😉


Dear All,

You might be looking for Authentication process/service information by our Phil. Embassy or in the Phil. Consulate below are the information’s summarized from the concerning website.

For Abu Dhabi:

Note: Processing of documents are done only on Sundays through Thursdays at 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

•Notarials / Authentication Services
•Procedure for Equivalency and Endorsement to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
•NBI Form
•Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship under R.A. No. 9225

For more information “Click Here”

For Dubai(Philippine Consulate Dubai):


General Procedures
1.Fill out appropriate Application Form.
2.Prepare two (2) sets of documents including attachments and passport copy.
3.Proceed to Notary Window for processing.
4.Pay appropriate fee at the Cashier (Room 3).
5.On release date, proceed to Releasing Area and present your receipt.

Processing Schedules

•Affidavits, Certification, NBI, Seen and Noted, (3 working days)
•Affidavit of Support and Guarantee, (10 working days)
•Attestation (for foreign national or company as guarantor for visit visa, (5 working days)
•Special Power of Attorney/Attestation of docs, (5 working days)

Fees: AED 100.00 per document. (Additional AED 40 per document. Expedite service subject to approval).

For more information “Click Here”.

Thank you.

Attention to all Kababayan in Dubai and Northern Emirates.

The Filipino community is hereby reminded that pursuant to Department Order No. 37-03 dated 23 September 2003 on the Disposal of Unclaimed and Spoiled Passports, all passports unclaimed by the applicants or their authorized representatives and travel agencies after six (6) months from the date of issuance shall be cancelled.

Starting 12 March 2012, those who have yet to claim their renewed passports, which have been issued six months (6) ago or longer, have two (2) weeks to make a claim before the Consulate General proceeds with the disposal.

SOURCE: PCGDubai and Mr. Alan Bacason of FILCOM UAE.

For more information visit the PCG Official website or call the PCG Office during office hours.


Write to: (include full name and mobile number)
OR Visit us to get appointment date.

1. Get an appointment.
2. On date of appointment, fill out E-passport Application Form.
3. Proceed to Passport Processing Area [1]
4. Proceed to Encoding Area [2]
5. Payment [3]
6. Proceed to Releasing Section on date of release[4]

REQUIREMENTS: Personal appearance, Old passport, Photocopy of a. Data page b. Visa page c. Last page


Parents do not need to get appointment for the passport application of their infants. E-Passport Application Form, accomplished by either parent (if out of wedlock, by mother);
Birth Certificate issued by the UAE Ministry of Health, duly stamped by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (translated into English), (6 copies);
Report of Birth Form, (6 copies);
Photocopies of the Passport of each parent, (6 copies);
Authenticated Marriage contract of Parents (6 photocopies); Report of Marriage (both Filipinos but married outside Consulate General, duly Authenticated by Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dubai.
Personal appearance of Filipino parent(s) and infant/child;
FEE: Passport Renewal: 240 AED

1. Get an appointment. Note: Extension of validity of old passport is only for emergency purposes. Validity of old passport cannot be extended if applicant will not apply for renewal at the same time.
2. On day of appointment, fill out the following:
a. E-passport Application Form and
b. Application for Amendment/Extension of Validity of Passport
c. Affidavit (stating reason for Extension)
3. Proceed to Passport Processing Area [1]
4. Payment [3]
5. Proceed to Encoding Area [2]
6. If expedited (same day release) come back on designated time [1]. If regular process,
proceed to Releasing Section [4] on date of release.

FEE: Passport Renewal: 240 AED + Expedite Extension (same day release): 120 AED or Regular Extension (2 days after): 80 AED

REQUIREMENTS: Personal appearance, Old passport, Photocopy (2 sets) of a. Data page b. Visa page c. Last page, 1 pcs. passport size picture

1. Fill out Application for Amendment Form.
2. Proceed to Passport Processing Area [1]
3. Payment [3]
4. If expedited (same day release) come back on designated time [1]. If regular process,
proceed to Releasing Section [4] on date of release.

REQUIREMENTS: Personal appearance, Old passport, Photocopy of a. Data page b. Visa page
c. Last page, 1 pcs. passport size picture, and

If amendment is from Single to Married:

Authenticated Marriage Contract by DFA Manila (both Filipinos and married in the Philippines) or Authenticated by Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dubai (one party not Filipino or married outside the Consulate General).
Report of Marriage (both Filipinos but married outside Consulate General/ one party not Filipino)
If amendment is from Married to Single:

Authenticated Annotated Marriage Contract by DFA Manila.
FEES: Expedite Extension (same day release): 120 AED
Regular Extension (2 days after): 80 AED


Procedures same as Application of Passport. No need to secure appointment date.

a. Police Report on Lost Passport (with English Translation);
b. Duly accomplished Affidavit of Loss (form available at the Philippine Consulate General);
c. Photocopy of lost passport (if available) or Birth Certificate (Duly Authenticated by DFA Manila)

FEES: MRRP (Green) and MRP (Maroon) = 360 AED
E-Passports= 600 AED
Affidavit of Loss = 100 AED

On date of release, bring old passport and receipt at Releasing Section.
To track your passport:


Shopping, shopping, shopping, and shopping. Shopping for goods is endless lets all accept the fact every time we shop we tend to look for a good bargain. Even people with so much money still ask for excellent discounts. What about you? Did you knew that some retails classified customers/shoppers into 5 types? Lets take a look and you’ll never know this will help you in acting like one of them.

5 Types of Customers:

  • Loyal Customers: They represent no more than 20 percent of our customer base, but make up more than 50 percent of our sales.
  • Discount Customers: They shop our stores frequently, but make their decisions based on the size of our markdowns.
  • Impulse Customers: They do not have buying a particular item at the top of their “To Do” list, but come into the store on a whim. They will purchase what seems good at the time.
  • Need-Based Customers: They have a specific intention to buy a particular type of item.
  • Wandering Customers: They have no specific need or desire in mind when they come into the store. Rather, they want a sense of experience and/or community.

At the end of the day it’s up to you how are you going to classify yourself and besides it’s your money anyway.

Any advice? Indeed I do have one, try to save your hard earned money and continue reading the info’s below;

Before you buy goods Services

  • Think carefully about what you are buying and how you are going to use it.
  • Research retailers who hold the item / product that you are interested to buy
  • Evaluate the various options for price, quality and how they meet your needs;
  • Shop around and get at least three quotes or prices. Not only do you get to compare value, but you also learn about different products, quality, after sales service and what suits you.
  • Ask for advice if you´re not sure.
  • Evaluate the various retailers to establish their consumer rights policy for returns, defects and refunds.

At the Sale

  • Ask the retailer to explain the product, warrantees, guarantees, origin, storage instructions, expiry and the method of use whilst at the outlet.
  • Do not be pressured into buying if you are not ready.
  • When purchasing products you should be given the same price if paying by cash or credit card.
  • When paying for goods ensure you collect and keep the receipt and check that the details are correct prior to leaving the outlet.
  • Where applicable collect and check the details of any warranties and guarantees and ensure they are correct before leaving the outlet.
  • Inspect the goods carefully at the retail outlet or immediately when arriving home .
  • Make sure the receipt contains the retailer details and a detailed description of the goods purchased, date and price.
  • Keep all invoices, warranties, receipts and invoices. You may need them later on !

After you have bought goods and services

  • If the goods are damaged or not to your specification then do not accept them and call / visit the retailer as soon as possible.
  • Please try and explain the issue to the retailer and where possible explain the defect in detail and ensure that you take all documentation ( original receipt and guarantees ) with you.
  • Allow the retailer the opportunity to resolve the issue.
  • If you are not satisfied with the retailers response please contact the consumer protection section at DeD.
  • If you have been misled and the product you purchased is not what you asked for then please contact the retailer and allow them the opportunity to resolve the issue.

So be wise and start being a smart shopper. xD

PS: Above information are coming from the Department of Economic Development an agency of Government of Dubai website and

For more detailed information visit the website DeD and

Thank you!




Country: United Arab Emirates
Emirate: Dubai
Incorporated: 9 June 1833
Independence from UK: 2 December 1971
Founder: Maktoum bin Bati bin Suhail(1833)
Government Type: Constitutional monarchy
Ruler: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Crown Prince: Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum


Dubai has a very hot arid climate. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, windy and dry, with an average high around 40°C (104°) and overnight lows around 30°C (86°C). Most days are sunny throughout the year. Winters are warm with an average high of 23°C (73°F) and overnight lows of 14°C (57°C). Precipitation, however, has been increasing in the last few decades with accumulated rain reaching 150mm per year.


The UAE culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and traditional Arab and Bedouin culture. In contrast, the city of Dubai is a highly cosmopolitan society with a diverse and vibrant culture. The influence of Islamic and Arab culture on its architecture, music, attire, cuisine and lifestyle are very prominent as well. Five times every day, Muslims are called to prayer from the minarets of mosque. Which are scattered around the country. Since 2006, the weekend has been Friday-Saturday, as compromise between Friday’s holiness to Muslims and the Western weekend of Saturday-Sunday.

Dress and Etiquette

The Islamic dress code is not compulsory, unlike in neighboring Saudi Arabia. Most Emirati males prefer to wear a kandura, an ankle-length white shirt woven from wool or cotton, and most Emirati women wear an abaya, a black over-garment covering most parts of the body. This attire is particularly well suited for the UAE’s hot and dry climate. Western-style clothing is, however, dominant because of the large expatriate population, and this practice is beginning to grow in popularity among Emiratis.

Etiquette is an important aspect of UAE culture and tradition, to which visitors are expected to conform. Recently, many expatriates have disregarded the law and been arrested for indecent clothing, or lack thereof, at beaches. Western-style dress is tolerated in appropriate places, such as bars, or clubs, but the UAE has maintained a strict policy of protecting highly public spaces from cultural insensitivity.


1. Alcohol or Liquor – Non-Muslims are allowed to drink alcohol in Dubai if they are on licensed premises. Some restaurants and most hotels hold a license to serve you alcohol. Additionally, if you’re a resident in the emirates you can apply for license to buy alcohol and consume it in your own home. If you are stopped for traffic offence and you have alcohol in you car you need to hold liquor license to prove you have permission to buy it otherwise you will be fined. What’s more, even if you’ve been drinking at home and you have a license or you’ve been out drinking at a licensed venue, if you’re caught drunk on the street you could be arrested.
2. Bouncing a Cheque – if you have issued cheques to pay for your rent, car loan, items purchased, etc. you need to ensure that there is enough money in your bank to avoid over draft. However, unlike in other countries where bouncing a cheque is just an annoyance, in Dubai it is a very serious criminal offence. You will be arrested, jailed and then forced to remain in Dubai to pay your debt before being forced to leave the country. So, don’t write a cheque unless you have the funds to cover it – and remember that in writing a cheque you’re entering into a very strict financial agreement. It is no joke to miss a payment in Dubai.
3. Dancing in Public – While you think nothing about walking down the street arm in arm with a few friends after a night out, dancing in public in Dubai is considered to be indecent – and it is also thought of as provocative, which can be very dangerous for women. This can be an attraction for some men to harass or be aggressive with the women and/or even man. You can dance in your own home behind your curtains, and you can dance at official clubs – anything else in not acceptable and dangerous.
4. Dress Code – Dress code is strictly implemented in malls in the UAE. Locals or Emiratis dress conservatively and expect visitors and expatriates to also dress conservatively when in public. So, if you’re going shopping, you’re out for a walk or you’re going to work you need to make sure your clothes are of a decent length, that you do not wear anything see-through, that you’re not revealing too much flesh that could be considered indecent and that you also don’t have anything offensive on you clothes in the form of slogans or images. In shopping malls you’ll see signs warning you that if you’re inappropriately dressed you will be removed!

If we are on the beaches make sure to wear beach attire but again it needs to cover up the most ‘offensive’ parts! And you cannot sunbathe topless, nor is any form of nudity acceptable – even for children. Once you leave a beach, pool or water park area you have to be properly attired for public places. e.g. you can’t walk home in your bikini. It is not making some sort of statement about how fashionable you are or what a rebel you feel – it is mortally offending public decency and punishable officially with imprisonment and unofficially with abuse and potential assault. Again, don’t take stupid risks – respect the local culture.
5. Drink Driving – There is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drink driving and you will be imprisoned if you break this very firmly upheld law.
6. Driving Offenses – Follow the driving rules in the UAE. It is illegal in Dubai to tailgate, break the speed limit, street race, lane hop or using a mobile phone while driving – despite the fact you will see all of these going on every single day. Bear in mind that Dubai is cracking down and losing its tolerance for law breakers so do not get into the habit of driving like the locals drive. If you do break a road law you can be fined, imprisoned and have your car impounded. Be aware that there are several speed traps in the UAE. It is very important to spot immediately the speed limit on every road. Plan your trip and asked speed limits.
7. Drugs – Drugs are banned or illegal in the UAE. There is zero tolerance issue and whilst you may think that only extends to narcotics that are illegal in our own countries, it actually extends to some prescription and over the counter medicines too. So, this is very serious point to understand. You need to know that even if you’re traveling through an airport in the UAE on you way to another country, if you’re caught with what’s deemed to be an illegal substance you could face an automatic 4-year prison term before deportation. If you’re thought to be supplying drugs you could face automatic life imprisonment.

Examine the bags or things that were given to you by friends or even relatives before boarding the plane to UAE. So, before coming to the UAE know what you can and cannot bring in. however, if you are on prescription medicine or you don’t like following other people’s rules it’s very important to listen up. Firstly you need to know whether what you intend importing is on the banned substances list that you need to check out.

Above details are from the FILCOM Dubai-Safety Awareness Booklet

Many thanks to the following Filcom COntributor Organization;


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Few days back I receive a suspicious mail it was coming from gmail with the email of asking me if my email is active. To all gmail users out there, this to warn all of you about this email. Firstly why would gmail ask me if my email is active wherein they have an active database system account and for sure they have tracking software for their users account active.

I do suggest to ignore this bogus email or click the report spam button on the above of email address right next to ARCHIVE.

DO NOT REPLY on this email like we said “Preventions is better than cure”.

Good luck…

No Matter What You’re Trying to Do.

No matter how big our dreams, our time and resources are limited. Moving forward effectively is key. Once you’ve committed to accomplishing something and putting in the effort, you’ll want to get the biggest return on your investment that you can, in the most efficient way. Here are ten of my best tips for increasing your effectiveness and achieving your goals–whatever they may be.

1. Be clear on your final outcome
This may sound obvious, but it’s surprisingly easy to skip this step. Be as clear as you can about what it is that you are working to accomplish. Be sure you know exactly what success will look like and how you will know when you get there. Being “more” of something is not a clear goal–no matter what you’re trying to be more of (more healthy, more patient, more relaxed, more productive . . .). Set a concrete measurable goal and you’ll know when you’ve arrived.

2. Create a timeline and set milestones along the way
Set a date for achieving your outcome. Schedule “milestones” for yourself. In other words, identify the dates that you plan to achieve specific steps towards your goal. This will help you stay on track and recognize the need to make adjustments (if you are having difficulty achieving the milestones you have identified) as you go along.

3. Use deadlines to stay on track
Eliminate as much uncertainty and vagueness as you can. If you have a difficult step to take or are finding yourself procrastinating, set yourself a deadline. You might decide to write three pages of your novel before 3pm, get to the gym three times before the weekend, or get your holiday card list organized by a certain date. Deadlines can be particularly useful when you are struggling to make a decision and are feeling stuck. Set the deadline and commit to simply moving forward by making a decision before the deadline arrives.

4. Rein in your perfectionist
Nothing will get us off track faster or derail us entirely like our inner perfectionist. Perfection is something we can rarely achieve and it’s often not necessary. The belief that we have to get something perfect before we can consider taking another step is a great way to never get anywhere. Work at developing an awareness of when your desire for excellence is working for you and when it has surpassed any definition of usefulness. There is a concept called the Pareto Principle you might want to consider. The Pareto Principle states that 20% of our efforts produce 80% of our results. The additional 80% of our efforts will only yield an additional 20% of results. According to the Pareto Principle, the first thrust of our effort is the most productive use of our time. Spending time on the back end working to make something “perfect” is often time intensive and nonproductive.

5. Create an environment for success
Surround yourself with what you need to stay on track, believe in yourself, and stay focused on your goal. If you are trying to lose weight, don’t fill your kitchen with junk food. If you are starting a new business, carve out the office space you need and surround yourself with people who encourage and believe in what you are doing. If you are cutting back on spending, don’t spend your free time at the mall. Instead make sure you have frequent reminders of why your hard work is going to pay off for you.

6. Get support
Perhaps the most important part of your environment is the people in it. Create a support system. Find people who know about your goal and believe in you–a cheering section. Ideally you’ll want to include people who are working toward the same or a similar goal. This isn’t about creating competition but support. You want to have someone in your corner who will remember why your goal is important to you on those dark days when you can’t. You want a support system who believes in your ability to succeed and will remind you of that when you need it the most.

7. Be accountable
I don’t know why, but many of us do better when we are accountable to someone else. Telling someone else that you have committed to do and knowing that they will check in on you and ask you how it went is a POWERFUL motivator.

8. Be flexible
Life happens and things don’t always go the way you planned. Sometimes what you learn from taking action is that you are going to have to try a different plan. If something doesn’t go well, don’t view it as a failure, view it as data. Use what you learned to readjust, realign, and remap your course if necessary.

9. Find a mentor
There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Chances are, whatever you are trying to do, someone has succeeded at something similar or knows something you don’t. Even Olympic athletes–the best in the world at what they do –have coaches. Finding someone who has the expertise to help you soar can often help you achieve what you want to more quickly and with more ease.

10. Celebrate
High-achievers can be tempted to skip this step. It’s easy to get so used to having your nose to the grindstone that you’ve planned your next project before you’ve completed your current one. DO NOT skip celebrating the milestones and goals you achieve. The pause you take to congratulate yourself and let the good stuff sink in is part of what will energize you, motivate you, and grow your confidence for your future endeavors. Plus, standing on the mountain top and really seeing how far you’ve climbed, is an incredible, soul-feeding experience.

Thanks to Melissa McCreery, PH.D.
Founder of Enduring Change Coaching

To found out more on Melissa McCreery CLICK HERE

Do you have problem hitting deadlines? Are you the last one to meet a deadline? Do you stress out over meeting your daily, weekly, monthly tasks? Believe me my answers to all of this questions are all of the above. Well breath easy you are not alone. The problem lies in your time management, most likely specifically in the area of task prioritization.

This article surely can help. (Jami Wright,

Difficulty: Moderate
Things you’ll need: Day planner(you knew where to buy em), pen or pencil, highlighter(Colored stickers or markers), and if you are mostly working on your desktop download a software for a delay task planner. Iphone and Ipod users there are excellent free apps waiting in iTunes.
  1. In order to prioritize your tasks you need to write them down. Use your day planner and write your tasks down in the “To List Area”. If you don’t have one, make an area for this list to be updated daily.
  2. Next, any task, big or small, needs to be written down. For example, you have tasks that need to be done today, tomorrow, in a week, in a month, maybe even quarterly evaluations. Whenever the task is done write it down.
  3. Here is where the high lighters come in. Color code your tasks. For example I use blue for tasks due today or tomorrow, yellow for tasks due in a week, and pink for tasks due in a month or more. It is up to you how you color code them, but you need to understand the code. (see tips below)
  4. As my day goes I get my blue tasks completed and mark them off as quickly as possible. This usually leaves me extra time and I use this time to start on my yellow or pink tasks (knowing I will most likely not complete them that day, but I just got a step closer for completing it at the end of the week or month).
  5. At the end of the day it is critical to review your “To Do List” and transfer the uncompleted items over to tomorrow’s list. If the color coding needs to change because you are closer to the deadline than do this now. It is also important to take a moment and reflect on all the work you did complete that day. Remind yourself that you are doing a great job and mastering components of your time management will only make you a better employee and bring you one step closer to your career goals.
  6. The next day you have already started your “To Do List” from your nightly review, but it is important to make sure no new tasks/deadlines came in that need to take priority. Review your list one more time before you start your day and enjoy your success!

    Tips & Warnings

    • You can use the color coding to help you analyze your notes from meetings as well. For example; you were given a task to complete for next week’s staff meeting. Write the note down with a asterisk (I use code AI for Action Item) at this time I also high light the AI. When I go through my notes at the end of the day I can just transfer this over to my “To Do List” for the next day.
    • PLEASE stick with this for at least 30 days. It has been proven that it takes the average adult 21 days to form a habit. Some of these steps are tedious, but let’s face it, if Time Management were easy you would have already mastered this area. There is a reason it is one of employees biggest areas of weakness.
    • Don’t change your color codes.
    • It can also be helpful to number the colors, blue is 1 needs to be done, two is yellow but don’t be to mellow… this is due in a week, and three is pink, don’t forget this or it could stink…(just a little memory rhyme I use).
    • You will find as you master this area, you will be done with projects/tasks faster, even the ones you are dreading. You may also have your peers wondering what you are doing that is giving you so much success.
    • Don’t stop, keep trying. Remember 21 days to form a habit. You can do it!
Many thanks to Jami Wright
Source: Click Me

I ask a friend about the above subject he answered me “our embassy is in Abu Dhabi and the consulate is in Dubai” which is true. Then I start asking myself, hmm what’s the difference of this two? And so I search some facts over the internet and found out this.

A consulate is like a junior embassy. It’s generally located in a busy tourist city, and takes care of minor diplomatic tasks such as issuing visas. The word consulate literally means office of the consul, who is a diplomat appointed to foster trade and take care of expatriates. You can read some pointed essays about the role of the modern day consulate at the American Foreign Service site.

Embassies are much bigger deals. The word embassy comes from the French ambassy, or office of the ambassador. Ambassadors are high-ranking diplomatic representatives who serve as spokespersons for their national governments. If one country recognizes the sovereignty of another, they generally establish an embassy there. Embassies take care of the same administrative duties as consulates, but they also represent their governments abroad.

This can be tricky business. For instance, the United States doesn’t maintain an embassy in Taiwan (in order to maintain diplomatic relations with China), but it does operates a consulate there to take care of its overseas citizens. For an interesting online look at another prickly diplomatic relation, check out the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, which features a reaction statement to the recent incarceration of Malaysia’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim.

You may recall the famous photograph from 1975 of American citizens ostensibly fleeing the American embassy in Saigon. The building was in fact an apartment complex across the street, but the message was clear: once the embassy leaves, the country symbolically leaves.

In addition in you need a location map for Philippines Embassy in Abu Dhabi just click the location map. (thanks to Philippine Embassy website:

For Philippines consulate office in Dubai click the location map. (Courtesy of Pinoy around the world blog)


(And thanks to Nicolas from Korea who’s asking the question).