The Emirate of Abu Dhabi announced the issuance of a law regulating the personal status of non-Muslims in the emirate, and said that its articles included the “concept of civil marriage.”
And the Emirates News Agency said today, Sunday, that the law – which was issued by the President of the State, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi – aims to enhance “the emirate’s position and its global competitiveness, as it is one of the most attractive destinations for talents and competencies.”
The law includes 20 articles divided into several main topics, including civil marriage, divorce, joint custody of children, and inheritance.
The first chapter of the law regulates the procedures for the marriage of foreigners before the court by “creating the concept of civil marriage based on the will of the husband and wife,” according to the Emirates News Agency.
The agency quoted the Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, Counselor Yousef Saeed Al-Abri, as saying that the department has worked to find legislative solutions that provide a judicial umbrella for foreigners residing in the emirate to “resolve family disputes in a flexible manner, in line with international best practices.”