New laws on divorce, inheritance and custody have been enacted to provide ‘better, more efficient’ means for non-Muslims, local journalists say.
The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law on divorce, inheritance and child custody for non-Muslims in Abu Dhabi, the country’s media outlet said.
A report by WAM on Sunday stated that Abu Dhabi has set up a new court to deal with the cases, which will take place in Arabic and English to better understand the growing number of foreign emirate workers.
Changes in parenting will allow parents to share the right to raise their children, WAM said. The law – which contains 20 articles – also provides for the idea of a civil marriage, allowing for the making of wills to give a legacy to anyone who chooses and to deal with men’s matters.
It has been set up to provide “a more flexible and effective way of judging non-Muslims,” the Abu Dhabi legal department said, according to The National newspaper.
Abu Dhabi is one of the seven sheikhs who make up the UAE and the new law applies only to this sheikh. Although the richest emirate is the capital of the country, the people of Abu Dhabi are relatively small compared to those of neighboring Dubai.
The new law comes as government officials last year announced that they would change Islamic law in the country, allow unmarried couples to live together, relax alcohol laws and ban the so-called “killings of honor” – a highly criticized tradition in which relatives can avoid prosecution. for assaulting a woman who appears to be disgraceful to his family.
At the time, the government said the change in legislation was part of an effort to reform the country’s financial system, as well as to promote “tolerant policies”.
Abu Dhabi also abolished its liquor license scheme in September 2020.
In the past, people would need a license to buy, carry, or drink alcohol in their homes. The law will likely allow Muslims who have been banned from obtaining alcohol licenses freely.
The entire UAE in September this year announced another plan to boost its economy and release permanent residency regulations for foreigners.
In January, the UAE announced it was opening a citizenship process for selected foreign nationals, which make up about 80 percent of the population.
The promotion of personal rights reflects the transformation of a country that seeks to exalt itself as a Western tourist destination, in search of wealth and business.
The change also reflects the efforts of emirates’ regulators to adapt to the rapidly changing federation in their homeland.
However, Islamic traditions remain strong in the community. About one million Emiratis in the UAE, the parent-controlled country has long criticized the opposition for its opposition, very close to the government.
Political parties and labor unions remain illegal.