Monday, January 26, 2009

Divorce UAE style

Can anyone explain to me why the url for this article ends in "/SPORT"?
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090126/NATIONAL/247209707/1138/SPORT

The National:
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.

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.
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.

As to the reasons:

First:
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.

“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.
Third:
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.

Too often, that is a move taken rashly, said Sheikh Abdul Rahman Ammoura, a mufti with the fatwa call centre.
Fourth:
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.

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9 Comments:

Blogger rosh said...

Tony Maalouli, umm..let me guess, Lebanese? Perhaps the blithering idiot had nothing better come his way in life? I'd love to bitch slap the moron!

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a reply to rosh, please take into consideration the fact that diversity of tradions in a country causes a person to beoriented away from his own traditions, therefore mr.tony had a very good point indeed.

5:12 PM  
Blogger rosh said...

"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"

And HOW does that FORCE people into DIVORCE?! Some people need to believe in their culture, traditions and ways of life - their heritage and history. Are they so weak to look inward and address why divorce rates are high in the UAE?

Here's something- "Arranged Marriages" - the one where a woman does not even get to see the man! Plus a ton is unproductive cultural beliefs.

Blaming the expatriates for ever god damn thing is asinine.

5:45 PM  
Blogger rosh said...

And let me add Anon - when you say, "diversity of traditions"

To begin with, the various communities that make up or live in the UAE keep to themselves, often secluded from other cultures / communities -- especially the Emirati population, primarily to "preserve" their own culture. Hence your comment above WRT to the UAE, is incorrect.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Aysha (200720325/202-002) said...

i agree with rosh im a nUAE national my sis is divorced let me tell you it has nothing to do with Epatriates its just that womman are more educted in the uae in men they have a higher education level so they hate it when their husbands turn out to be sexist pigs with a blown up head full of useless ego

and as they have support from theier family and friends and a job they simply would rarher be single then suffer with a sexist like that

1:10 PM  
Blogger Aysha (200720325/202-002) said...

i agree with rosh im a nUAE national my sis is divorced let me tell you it has nothing to do with Epatriates its just that womman are more educted in the uae in men they have a higher education level so they hate it when their husbands turn out to be sexist pigs with a blown up head full of useless ego

and as they have support from theier family and friends and a job they simply would rarher be single then suffer with a sexist like that

1:14 PM  
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