Friday, January 14, 2022

United Arab Emirates is Relaxing Laws on Sex, Marriage, and More

From NPR:

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is known for its conservative Muslim laws. Under the laws, foreigners can be placed in jails for a kiss in public. Now, the UAE is overhauling laws that affect how it regulates a wide array of business, cultural and social norms. However, the reality remains much more complex.

The country now allows for civil marriage — not just marriage under Islamic law — a practice that remains unavailable in many other countries in the Middle East. And foreigners can follow their home countries' laws on some matters, such as inheritance and divorce.

Another more publicized legal changes is the decriminalization of births outside of marriage. However, more interpretation as to the legal terms is required and a evenly implementation is desired.

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