United Arab Emirates Relaxes Islamic Laws On Alcohol & Cohabitation
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United Arab Emirates Relaxes Islamic Laws On Alcohol & Cohabitation

United Arab Emirates , news
Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Nov 12, 2020

The United Arab Emirates announced sweeping legislation that would overhaul the country’s Islamic personal laws.

The reform would allow unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosen alcohol restrictions, and criminalize so-called “honor killings.”

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News reports from state-run WAM news agency said the reforms aim to boost the country’s economic and social standing and “consolidate the UAE’s principles of tolerance” in a destination that wants to attract and retain expatriates.

Foreigners outnumber citizens in the UAE nearly nine to one. Foreigners make up approximately 8 million of the workforce out of the Emirates’ population of 10 million.

“The decrees aim to solidify the UAE’s adherence to the importance of creating a legal environment that suits cultural diversity,” state news agency WAM wrote. “The state commits to building a competitive and safe social and economic environment.”