Abu Dhabi allows non-Muslim  Civil Marriage under a New Law

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Abu Dhabi allows non-Muslim Civil Marriage under a New Law

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It is the latest step in the United Arab Emirates where personal status laws on marriage and divorce had been based on Islamic sharia principles, as in other Gulf states to maintain its competitive edge as a regional commercial hub.

Abu Dhabi: Non-Muslims will be allowed to marry, divorce, and get joint child custody under civil law in Abu Dhabi according to a new decree issued here recently by its ruler, state news agency WAM said.
It is the latest step in the United Arab Emirates where personal status laws on marriage and divorce had been based on Islamic sharia principles, as in other Gulf states to maintain its competitive edge as a regional commercial hub.
The decree from Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, who is also president of the UAE federation of seven emirates, said the law covers civil marriage, divorce, alimony, joint child custody and proof of paternity, and inheritance.
The report described the civil law regulating non-Muslim family matters as being the first of its kind in the world “in line with international best practices”.
A new court to handle non-Muslim family matters will be set up in Abu Dhabi and will operate in both English and Arabic.
(https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/abu-dhabi-allows-non-muslim-civil-marriage-under-new-law-)

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