Search Yalla

UAE family and personal law to be overhauled, to be more expat-friendly


Amendments cover women’s rights and alcohol consumption, among others.

The UAE Government announces amendments to some of its personal and family laws, in a bid to improve the living standards for the country’s multicultural residents, which according to The National, are effective immediately.

The aim of the amendments, which includes the decriminalisation of the consumption of alcohol, aims to improve the living standards for the country’s multicultural residents.

According to the report in The National, the amendments cover a range of laws, including divorce, unmarried couples cohabiting and women’s rights.

For those undergoing divorce, the changes will see the laws of the country where the marriage took place applied.

Men who harass women will face tougher punishments. This includes street harassment and stalking. For those who commit rape, punishment will be severe.

It was also reported that several other law changes relating to the court system, inheritance, judicial procedure and mental health have been outlined.

More details are expected to follow.

Recommended For You...

Check out our Events Diary to see our full list of top events and activities in Abu Dhabi for families.



Abu Dhabi

Editor’s Choice

Ready for pizza? This Abu Dhabi homegrown pizzeria is serving some of the best

read more

There’s going to be three days of fireworks to celebrate Eid in Abu Dhabi

read more

Picture Abu Dhabi Photography Competition 2021

read more

Le Petit Chef is here at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

read more