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Long-term visa for expats in New Year

Abu Dhabi: The New Year has brought in a bouquet of good news for Emirati women as well as expatriate investors, entrepreneurs, executives and specialists working in medicine, science or research. Outstanding students and retirees also have reason to cheer.

A new quota system that guarantees 50 per cent seats for women in the Federal National Council (FNC) takes effect from this year when elections will take place to the FNC. The move means that 20 women out of the 40 members of FNC will either be elected or appointed and it is expected to propel the UAE to the fourth position globally on a list compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

This year will also see more women enter top jobs in judiciary, diplomatic service and the labour market overall, thereby bringing in further gender equality to the workplace. UAE authorities have also set out measures to improve Emirati women’s participation in advanced sciences and to provide mandatory prenatal and postnatal health care to women.