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Travellers! Beware of world’s top 10 bumpiest flight paths

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Last week, over 100 people have been hurt from violent mid-air turbulences on two separate flights

Last week, mid-air turbulence proved deadly for two separate flights on two different instances, resulting in the death of one passenger and more than 100 injured.

Geoff Kitchen, a British tourist, died after being severely injured during turbulence, as he embarked on a six-week Singapore holiday from London with his wife last Tuesday.

The Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 had plummeted 6,000 feet in just five minutes, while carrying 140 passengers and crew members, most of whom were injured and hospitalised after making an emergency landing in Bangkok.

Days later, 12 people were injured onboard a Qatar Airlines flight from Doha to Dublin on Sunday after the aircraft experienced mid-air turbulence above Turkey.

Following these incidents, experts unveiled the 10 most turbulent routes in the world, both of which are not in the list below.

They broke down the data from hundreds of thousands of long-haul flights carried out in 2023 and determined routes by calculating eddy dissipation rates (EDR) that are calculated by exploring the turbulent currents of air on aircraft.

Here’s the full list of the world’s most turbulent flights:

  • Santiago (SCL) – Santa Cruz (VVI)
  • Almaty (ALA) – Bishkek (FRU)
  • Lanzhou (LHW) – Chengdu (CTU)
  • Centrair (NGO) – Sendai (SDJ)
  • Milan (MXP) – Geneva (GVA)
  • Lanzhou (LHW) – Xianyang (XIY)
  • Osaka (KIX) – Sendai (SDJ)
  • Xianyang (XIY) – Chengdu (CTU)
  • Xianyang (XIY) – Chongqing (CKG)
  • Milan (MXP) – Zurich (ZRH)
1- Header image: Which flight routes of the world experience the most turbulence? — Unsplash
Courtesy: Geo News Last week, over 100 people have been hurt from violent mid-air turbulences on two separate flights Last week, mid-air turbulence proved deadly for two separate flights on two different instances, resulting in the death of one passenger and more than 100 injured. Geoff Kitchen, a British tourist, died after being severely injured during turbulence, as he embarked on a six-week Singapore holiday from London with his wife last Tuesday. The Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 had plummeted 6,000 feet in just five minutes, while carrying 140 passengers and crew members, most of whom were injured and hospitalised after making an emergency landing in Bangkok. Days later, 12 people were injured onboard a Qatar Airlines flight from Doha to Dublin on Sunday after
New $35bn terminal to ‘fully absorb Dubai International Airport’s operations’

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Al Maktoum International Airport is set to host the highest number of passengers in the world as the authorities in Dubai Sunday gave their assent to add another terminal for travellers at the airfield that would be constructed for a whopping $34.8 billion.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president and ruler of Dubai, said on X that the airport capacity of hosting passengers would be reaching up to 260 million.

“It will fully absorb Dubai International Airport’s operations in 10 years,” the Dubai Media Office said.

“As we build an entire city around the airport in Dubai South, demand for housing for a million people will follow. It will host the world’s leading companies in the logistics and air transport sectors,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“We are building a new project for future generations … Dubai will be the world’s airport, its port, its urban hub, and its new global centre.”

According to the National News agency, “it will be five times the size of the current Dubai International Airport, which is top-ranked for international traffic.”

This image released on April 28, 2024, shows the interior view of the approved design of Al Maktoum International Airport’s new passenger terminal. — X/@HHShkMohd

The 70-square-kilometre airport will have 400 aircraft gates, five parallel runways, and new aviation technology, alongside the capacity to handle 12 million tonnes of annual cargo, the news agency reported.

The project completion is divided into phases and the first is anticipated to be completed within 10 years, which could allow the facility to accommodate yearly 150 million passengers.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said: “The new airport, which will ultimately be over five times the size of Dubai International, will prepare the ground for the next 40 years of anticipated growth in Dubai’s aviation sector.”

Emirates airliners are seen on the tarmac in a general view of Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. — Reuters

Sheikh Ahmed, who is also chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group noted: “It will respond to the hub airline ambitious plans in terms of fleet acquisition and passenger growth.”

“The airport is also being designed to strongly contribute to mitigate environmental emissions and aims to achieve LEED gold certification,” he said, adding that “Al Maktoum International is planned in such a way as to represent a leap into the future.”

Dubai International Airport (DXB) last year saw 86.9 million passengers which is a considerable increase of 31.7% on a yearly basis. The total number of flight movements was estimated at 416,405 in 2023.

1- Header image: This image released on April 28, 2024, shows the approved design of Al Maktoum International Airport’s new passenger terminal. — X/@HHShkMohd

Courtesy: Geo News/Reuters Al Maktoum International Airport is set to host the highest number of passengers in the world as the authorities in Dubai Sunday gave their assent to add another terminal for travellers at the airfield that would be constructed for a whopping $34.8 billion. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president and ruler of Dubai, said on X that the airport capacity of hosting passengers would be reaching up to 260 million. “It will fully absorb Dubai International Airport’s operations in 10 years,” the Dubai Media Office said. “As we build an entire city around the airport in Dubai South, demand for housing for a million people will follow. It will host the world’s leading companies in the logistics and air transport sectors,”
Here’s what you need to know about UK’s new visa rules

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The United Kingdom has recently seen a surge in migrants and to deal with that influx, the country’s government has updated its visa policy and requirement, the BBC reported.

The UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the record number of 745,000 people who came to the country in 2022 was “far too high” leading to a 50% rise in the minimum salary requirement for visa applicants.

The new minimum salary requirement for visa applicants is £38,700, a significant rise previous from £26,200.

This means that starting from Thursday, April 11, most people wanting to work in the UK will still have to apply for a visa through the points-based system (PBS) but they will need a job offer with a higher salary.

The threshold is not applicable to certain jobs, such as health and social care, and teacher on national pay scales. But overseas care workers cannot bring family dependents with them.

New rules for UK family visas

You need a family visa if you want to live with a relative who has the right to be in the UK for more than six months.

You can apply to live with your spouse or partner, fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner, child, parent or a relative who will provide long-term care for you.

You have to demonstrate a good knowledge of English, and meet the minimum income threshold which has been raised to a new minimum of £29,000 from £18,600.

Sunak predicts a future increase in the amount “in early 2025”.

Additionally, the Home Office has confirmed that anyone renewing an existing family visa will not have to meet the new earnings threshold.

‘Shortage occupation list’

The “shortage occupation list” assists employers in filling key sector vacancies with lower salary thresholds, enabling applicants to gain visa points.

The list includes:

  • Health and care workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Graphic designers
  • Construction workers
  • Vets

Employers were previously allowed to pay foreign workers 80% of the usual “going rate” for filling certain positions, but this rule has been abolished and the number of occupations on the list is being cut.

New rules for UK student visas

The UK government issued 486,107 study visas from September 2022 to September 2023, with half of those granted to Indian, Chinese, Nigerian, Pakistani and US nationals.

Those on postgraduate courses could also apply for visas for qualifying dependents: a husband, wife, civil or unmarried partner and children under 18.

Starting from January 2024, international postgraduate students have been prohibited from bringing dependents unless their course is designated as a research programme.

Students who have already completed their degree can stay in the UK for two years — three years for those with a doctoral degree — to work under a graduate visa.

1- Header image: UK changes its visa rules. — Unsplash

Courtesy: Geo News The United Kingdom has recently seen a surge in migrants and to deal with that influx, the country’s government has updated its visa policy and requirement, the BBC reported. The UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the record number of 745,000 people who came to the country in 2022 was “far too high” leading to a 50% rise in the minimum salary requirement for visa applicants. The new minimum salary requirement for visa applicants is £38,700, a significant rise previous from £26,200. This means that starting from Thursday, April 11, most people wanting to work in the UK will still have to apply for a visa through the points-based system (PBS) but they will need a job offer with a higher salary. The
What does New Zealand expect after new tougher work visa rules?

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New Zealand has recently introduced strict changes to the rules for the Accredited Employer Work visa (AEWV) to deal with “unsustainable” migration levels in recent years, The Independent reported.

The new changes that took into force earlier this week include an English language requirement for low-skilled migrants and reduced maximum stay.

According to the country’s Minister of Migration, Erica Stanford, the new changes to AEWV scheme will help the country attract necessary skills while also reducing the vulnerability of migrants to exploitation.

Stanford said: “Getting our immigration settings right is critical to this government’s plan to rebuild the economy. The government is focused on attracting and retaining the highly skilled migrants such as secondary teachers, where there is a skill shortage.

“At the same time we need to ensure that New Zealanders are put to the front of the line for jobs where there are no skills shortages.”

New Zealand recorded 254,393 migrant arrivals in 2023, according to Stats NZ, with the country’s number of migrant departures standing at 115,263, bringing the net migration to 139,130.

Nationals of India were the largest group among the migrants arrivals, followed by those of Philippines, New Zealand, China and Fiji.

What are the new rules?

English Language: The New Zealand government has introduced an English language requirement for migrants applying for low-skilled level 4 and 5 positions.

This will enable migrant to better understand their rights or raise concerns about an employer early.

Reduced maximum stay: Low-skilled applicants are now allowed to stay for three years in New Zealand, instead of five years as it was before.

1- Header image: New Zealand toughens its work visa rules. — Unsplash
Courtesy: Geo News New Zealand has recently introduced strict changes to the rules for the Accredited Employer Work visa (AEWV) to deal with “unsustainable” migration levels in recent years, The Independent reported. The new changes that took into force earlier this week include an English language requirement for low-skilled migrants and reduced maximum stay. According to the country’s Minister of Migration, Erica Stanford, the new changes to AEWV scheme will help the country attract necessary skills while also reducing the vulnerability of migrants to exploitation. Stanford said: “Getting our immigration settings right is critical to this government’s plan to rebuild the economy. The government is focused on attracting and retaining the highly skilled migrants such as secondary teachers, where there is a skill shortage. “At the same
Dubai slashes visa processing time from 30 days to 5 with less documents

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Dubai vice president says project “designed to expedite, simplify, and streamline” residency, employment process

Travellers assemble! If you are hoping to move to or work in Dubai then we have great news for you, as authorities in the United Arab Emirates have reduced the processing time and the number of documents required for residency visas and work documents.

Previously, it took 30 days to bring a new employee on board but according to the new instructions, it will now take five days to do so with only five documents required instead of 16.

Vice President and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announced the plan as part of a new efficiency drive, “Zero Bureaucracy”, on Wednesday, The National reported.

1- Header image: An aerial view of Dubai shows the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (centre). — Unsplash
Courtesy: Geo News Dubai vice president says project “designed to expedite, simplify, and streamline” residency, employment process Travellers assemble! If you are hoping to move to or work in Dubai then we have great news for you, as authorities in the United Arab Emirates have reduced the processing time and the number of documents required for residency visas and work documents. Previously, it took 30 days to bring a new employee on board but according to the new instructions, it will now take five days to do so with only five documents required instead of 16. Vice President and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announced the plan as part of a new efficiency drive, “Zero Bureaucracy”, on Wednesday, The National reported. Marking the inaugural launch
Immigration Alert: Here are 17 countries where marriage can get you citizenship

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US, UK, Netherlands, Uraguay, and many more are providing citizenship for getting married with some terms and conditions

Embarking on the journey of citizenship through matrimony is a unique and compelling exploration. We delve into 17 countries worldwide where saying ‘I do’ can pave the way to acquiring citizenship.

The concept of gaining citizenship through marriage has gained prominence globally, offering couples an intriguing pathway to a shared future.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these 17 countries and the distinctive routes they provide for couples seeking citizenship.

Uruguay and Dominica

Uruguay, with its stable economy, grants citizenship after three years of marriage to a Uruguayan national. Dominica, a Caribbean gem, extends the opportunity for citizenship through marriage, beckoning individuals to a life of financial incentives and natural beauty after three years of union.

Sweden and Germany

Sweden opens its doors to couples married to Swedish nationals or those in registered partnerships, requiring three years of cohabitation. Germany, a highly developed European nation, offers a short three-year timeframe for spouses of registered same-sex partners of German nationals.

US, UK, Netherlands, Slovenia

The United States, known for its diverse opportunities, requires three years of legal permanent residency and cohabitation for citizenship through marriage. Ireland presents an opportunistic option, enabling citizenship through naturalization after three years of marriage or civil partnership.

The United Kingdom stands out as a fast-track route, allowing citizenship by naturalization for couples residing for at least three years. The Netherlands grants citizenship after three years of marriage or registered partnership, emphasizing cohabitation. Slovenia provides a quicker path through marriage, reducing the usual 10-year naturalization period to just three years.

Chile, Grenada, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina

Chile prioritizes family reunification, granting citizenship after two years of marriage and cohabitation. Grenada, an enchanting Caribbean destination, allows spouses married after February 6, 1974, to become eligible for citizenship after two years.

Bolivia, although not offering many direct citizenship programs, presents marriage as a streamlined option, shortening the typical residency requirement to two years. Peru simplifies the process further, allowing citizenship after two years of marriage. Argentina, with its rich culture and affordability, offers citizenship after two years of marriage, providing numerous benefits.

Spain, Belize, Luxembourg

Spain, a treat for culture lovers, facilitates citizenship after one year of legal marriage, boasting a high quality of life and a moderate living cost. Belize, a tropical haven, offers citizenship after one year of marriage to a Belizean national, combining a great climate with low living costs.

Luxembourg stands out with a unique approach, requiring passing the Living Together in Luxembourg course or test and a Luxembourg language test for citizenship after three years of marriage. Known for providing a high quality of life, Luxembourg offers couples a distinctive route to acquiring citizenship.

As we navigate the intricate pathways of global citizenship through marriage, these 17 countries stand as diverse options, each with its own set of opportunities and advantages for couples embarking on this extraordinary journey together.

1- Header image: 17 countries where ‘I do’ can get you citizenship.—immigration-residency/file
Courtesy: Geo News US, UK, Netherlands, Uraguay, and many more are providing citizenship for getting married with some terms and conditions Embarking on the journey of citizenship through matrimony is a unique and compelling exploration. We delve into 17 countries worldwide where saying ‘I do’ can pave the way to acquiring citizenship. The concept of gaining citizenship through marriage has gained prominence globally, offering couples an intriguing pathway to a shared future. Let’s take a closer look at each of these 17 countries and the distinctive routes they provide for couples seeking citizenship. Uruguay and Dominica Uruguay, with its stable economy, grants citizenship after three years of marriage to a Uruguayan national. Dominica, a Caribbean gem, extends the opportunity for citizenship through marriage, beckoning

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