UAE announces changes in laws and policies

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The UAE has announced a number of changes to personal and family laws in the country. According to a news report from UAE federal government news agency, WAM, the changes are part of the efforts of authorities to improve and enhance the UAE legislative environment, entrench the principles of tolerance in the society and strengthen the country’s position as a preferred hub that attracts people to reside and work.

The new policies cover alcohol consumption, cohabitation, divorce, harassments, etc.

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Here are some of the major changes residents and expats should be aware of:

  1. No more license needed to purchase and consume alcohol in authorized places.
  2. Unmarried couples can cohabitate.
  3. A person’s nationality will determine how assets are divided (next to kin), unless there’s a written will. This excludes properties/asserts purchased in UAE which will follow UAE laws.
  4. Good Samaritans – people who help others in need – will not be held responsible for a person’s death.
  5. Suicide and attempted suicides are decriminalized.
  6. Expats who divorce in the UAE can follow the rules of their home country.

Below is a post from WAM news agency on Twitter:

President approves amendments to Personal Status, Civil Transactions, Penal Code, Criminal Procedural laws

(WAM) – President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has approved Federal Law-Decrees to amend the Personal Status, Civil Transactions, Penal Code and Criminal Procedural laws.

The Federal Law-Decrees mean to further enhance the UAE legislative environment, entrench the principles of tolerance in the society and strengthen the country’s position as a preferred hub that attracts people to reside and work.

Based on the UAE solid commitment to protecting women’s rights, amendments to the Penal Code and Criminal Procedural law have repealed the article giving reduced (lenient) sentence in what is called “honour crimes”.

In another context, the amendments also allow the UAE Attorney General, in coordination with prosecutors in local authorities, to identify cases involving misdemeanours and infractions, where Penal Order can be applied, a step that aims at reducing the burden on the judiciary, especially in cases of minor cases.

Meanwhile, amendments to the Personal Status and the Civil Transactions laws allow non-citizens to choose the law that governs issues such as inheritance.

 

 

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