Divorce UAE style
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As to the reasons:
There are no official statistics on divorce in the UAE. The GWU [General Women’s Union] has approached the Judicial Department to begin gathering figures, as well as the main reasons cited when married couples split.It's not stated, but I believe these numbers refer to Emiratis only. Emiratis make up about 1 million of the 5 million residents of the UAE.
A spokeswoman for the Judicial Department said the authority was in the process of compiling the data. According to the UN’s statistics division, the number of divorces in the country rose 13 per cent, to 12,974 a year, from 2002 to 2004.
As to the reasons:
Dr Sayegh [Dr Fatma Sayegh, a professor specialising in woman’s issues at UAE University in Al Ain], who has conducted several studies on divorce in the UAE, said many couples were married too young and did not fully understanding its significance.Second:
Tony Maalouli, a divorce lawyer and the managing director of Dubai-based ProConsult Advocates, said he thought the high number of expatriates in the Emirates, with different values and lifestyles, had created problems.Third:
“If there’s a lot of exposure to other nations and other ways of life, then this can put extra strain on the marriage,” Mr Maalouli said.
One reason the number of divorces is high in the Arab world may be the ease with which a man can divorce under Shariah law. If a man says, “I divorce thee” to his wife once, the couple have a three-month separation in which to reconcile their differences. But if a man says the phrase three times it indicates a final, irrevocable separation.Fourth:
Too often, that is a move taken rashly, said Sheikh Abdul Rahman Ammoura, a mufti with the fatwa call centre.
Many of the problems young married couples face are exacerbated by the fact that they don’t know each other well before getting married, the GWU official said.Fifth:
[Dr Sayegh said,] “They need to change this spend, spend, spend mentality. There is more to marriage than being provided for and things aren’t always easy. Both sides go in with very high expectations and then divorce for small reasons.”Related: Earlier Emirates Economist article here.