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Dependents entering UAE must have separate passports: Official

posted on 23/03/2005: 942 views

The UAE decision to ban issuance of entry permits to dependents who are on their guardians' passports is aimed at checking violations to the permitted age-limit of camel jockeys, a senior Ministry of Interior official said in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The official said the ban would be applicable to dependents from countries known to be supplying jockeys to the UAE.

"As an effective way of checking circumventions to the permitted age-limit for jockeys, the UAE has requested some countries, known to be the source of jockeys, to issue separate passports to dependents of their nationals.

The embassies of these countries have been notified that no dependents will be allowed entry into the UAE if they are not entering on separate passports” said Brigadier Hadhir bin Khalef Al Muhairy, Director General of the Naturalisation and Residency Department of the Ministry of Interior.

Al Muhairy said during a press conference yesterday that the move is in line with the decision issued on March 13th by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs which said: "Jockeys under 16 years of age will be banned from competing in camel races held in the country with effect from 31 March 2005.

A law will be issued on 31 March 2005, prohibiting participation of jockeys whose age is less than 16 years old from participation in the camel races”. The decision stipulates that the jockeys weight should not be less than 45 kilogrammes while his age, according to passport, should not be less than 16 years. Sheikh Hamdan noted that a medical committee will conduct tests on all jockeys as part of the pre-race handicapping.

Brigadier Al Muahiry revealed that resident expatriates hailing from countries which are supplying jockeys will have a grace period of six month to obtain separate passports for their dependents. He added that the Ministry of Interior will launch a campaign to ensure that the decision is implemented, in accordance with the instructions of Major General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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