Happy birthday !

Happy birthday to me and I promise to be naughtier from today πŸ˜†


New UAE visit visa guidelinesΒ 

GCC residents wishing to visit the UAE from today need a pre-arranged visit visa to proceed by air or road. This ends the visa on arrival facility except for nationals from 46 countries which have a mutual agreement in place with UAE.

The GCC resident card needs to be valid for a minimum of 3 months and the passport 6 months to apply for a visa online.

The website for the visa application is https://www.ednrd.ae/

As per the official notification the visas will be issued within 48 hours. Better to plan ahead before travelling.

Airlines will be strictly implementing the visa guidelines at Muscat and Salalah airports and will not allow boarding without a valid UAE visa.


Shangri La’s wedding fair

Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa Muscat is organizing a wedding fair tomorrow. It’s definitely worth a visit for couples planning to get married as there are great deals on offer.

Apart from the resort showcasing its wedding facilities there would also be other suppliers displaying their wedding related products and services.

Pacific Ocean earthquakesΒ 

Japan was first hit by a massive earthquake on the western side of the Pacific Ocean.

Next to be hit was Ecuador which was on a massive scale bringing with it death and destruction. Ecuador lies on the eastern end of the Pacific Ocean.
Probably there is a connection between both the quakes. Something for the scientific community to ponder over and and develop mechanisms for better prediction of earthquakes.

Cricket quenches the thirst ?

Millions in India are going through a severe drought affecting a major part of the country. Deaths have already been reported due to heatwave and lack of water. With the land dried up farmers are the most affected with a bleak future staring at them.

The other end of the pitch ! Precious water is being used up to water the green grass at big cricket grounds in drought affected areas. We seem to have turned a blind eye to our fellow drought stricken countrymen just for the love of enjoying cricket. Controversies have erupted but the situation doesn’t look like changing.

The Indian Premier League is a multi million dollar business which is all good for all of us Indians who love watching cricket. But at what cost is the question we should be asking ourselves.

Trying to skirt the controversy by sending a few water trains to drought affected areas doesn’t solve the issue.

IPL or water ? Something that we all need to give a thought. We can’t quench millions of thirsty parched throats through cricket.

Car door opening etiquetteΒ 

You park your car in the mall parking or office parking or wherever and by the time you return you would be lucky if your car door is not scratched or dented.

Nowadays people have no sense of respect for other people’s vehicles and just don’t bother when opening the door. It becomes a habit and adds to the misery of many car owners daily.
One solution to the problem ! Let’s see if it works πŸ˜‰ 

To be continued…