President appoints UAE’s ‘first’ female judges

By Sheena Amos

ABU DHABI 20 March 2019: UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued Federal Decree No. 27 of 2019 appointing two female judges at the Federal Judiciary.

The new judges Khadeeja Khamis Khalifa Al Malas and Salamah Rashid Salem Al Ketbi are the first two Emirati women to hold judicial positions at the Federal level in the UAE.

This latest appointment reflects the UAE government’s stance to ensure that women are empowered in their line of work, playing an integral role in the development and progress of the nation.

It highlights the achievements obtained by Emirati women, as well as the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to ensure females have an increased presence and role in the country’s federal courts system, said Wam.

The appointment of Al Malas and Al Ketbi also represents the initiatives and policies undertaken by the UAE Cabinet to further empower Emirati women in their community, including President Khalifa’s decision to increase Emirati women’s representation in the Federal National Council, FNC, to 50 percent in the upcoming parliamentary term.

Female judges commend leadership’s efforts to empower women

Appeals judge Khadija Khamis Al Malas and First Instance Court judge Salama Rashid Al Ketbi thanked President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for issuing two federal decrees appointing them as the first two women to hold positions in the UAE’s federal courts.

Both judges pledged to exert all their effort, with their fear of Allah Almighty on their conscience, to perform their judicial work and achieve swift justice, in line with the constitutional texts and laws of the Federal judicial authority while affirming that the federal decree to appoint them is an expression of the wise leadership’s support for justice and law, as well as its belief in the role of women in the country’s judicial system.

Dubai Gazette