United Arab Emirates relax Islamic Law; Allow Unmarried Couple Cohabit
The United Arab Emirate has relax its Islamic law, this was announce earlier on Saturday and it is a major shift from the country’s Islamic personal laws. The overhaul means that unmarried couples can now live together. There is also a loosening restriction on alcohol consumption.
Changes include scrapping penalties for alcohol consumption, sales and possession for those ages 21 and over. The government decrees behind the changes were announced on state-linked newspaper. The National and the government have announced that the changes would take immediate effect.
Although liquor and beer is widely available in bars and clubs in the UAE’s luxuriant coastal cities, individuals previously needed a government-issued license to purchase, transport or have alcohol in their homes. The new rule would apparently allow Muslims who have been barred from obtaining licenses to drink alcoholic beverages freely
The huge change to the country former strict Islamic law reflects the changing profile of the country that has becomes a tourist destination for western fun-seeker and businesses. Despite United Arab Emirates Islamic legal code, the country attracts large number of tourist and businesses yearly.
The reforms aim to boost the country’s economic and social standing and “consolidate the United Arab emirates principles of tolerance,”. The changes also reflect the efforts of the Emirates’ rulers to keep pace with a rapidly changing society at home. This announcement follows a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the UAE and Israel, which is expected to bring an influx of Israeli tourists and investment.
The new laws in a bid to protect women’s right also get rid of the laws defending “honor crimes,” a widely criticized tribal custom in which a male relative may evade prosecution for assaulting a woman seen as dishonoring a family.