Personal Status Law for non-Muslims in Abu Dhabi

Eudore R. Chand

UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
ABU DHABI 8 November 2021: A law to regulate personal status matters for non-Muslims in Abu Dhabi and to provide a flexible and modern judicial mechanism for the determination of personal status disputes for non-Muslims, has been issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

It is the emirate’s first civil law governing non-Muslim family matters in line with international best practices. It also guarantees the right of non-Muslims to be subject to an internationally acknowledged law that is familiar to them in terms of culture, customs and language, as well as to protect the best interests of children, particularly in the case of parental separation.

Youssef Saeed Al Abri, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD), noted that the new legislation deals with the smallest details regarding non-Muslims’ family life, said Wam.

The new law applies civil principles in the regulation of family matters, explained ADJD Under-Secretary, who also announced the establishment by the Judicial Department of the first court dedicated to non-Muslim family matters.

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