The UAE Government has passed a series of law reforms and changes which will have a huge impact on the way we live our life here.
The new regulations cover everything from divorce, alcohol, inheritance as well as bringing in much stronger women’s rights.
The news was first posted by The National. And it’s a huge step forward for making the UAE more welcoming and modern.
Drinking alcohol is no longer a criminalised. You still need to drink it in private or in licensed venues. But you will no longer need an alcohol license to drink or sell alcohol.
Divorce and inheritance
Previously, divorces were carried out under UAE law which was Sharia or Islamic law. The new laws mean that instead of UAE laws being used under divorce, they’ll apply the laws from the country where the marriage took place.
The same law change also covers inheritance. Instead of the previous Sharia law being applied, you’ll instead use the laws from your home country.
Harassment and assault
There have been a number of big changes under this heading as the UAE seeks to protect women’s rights.
There will be tougher punishments for men who harass women which includes street harassment and stalking. Honour crimes will also now be treated as any other assault.
Couples living together
Unmarried couples can now legally live together. It was previously illegal but the law was very rarely used. This will now give huge peace of mind for couples in the UAE.
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