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President issues National Law of Reading

Posted on 01/11/2016

In an unprecedented, civilised and legislative gesture for the region, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued the first-ever National Law of Reading, that sets legislative frameworks, executive programmes and specific government responsibilities to establish the value of reading in the UAE. The law aims to support human resources development and contribute to building mental and cognitive capabilities, while support national intellectual production and build ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues law on regulating deep water resources in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 01/11/2016

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, a law on regulation of deep water resources in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. According to the law, the deep water resources in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, shall be owned by the emirate. It stipulates that any activities related to recovery or use of deep water, shall be subject to the regulations and provisions of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). The EAD will handle the management, ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues Abu Dhabi's cultural heritage law

Posted on 13/10/2016

A law on the protection, discovery, preservation, management and promotion of the emirate's cultural heritage and non-UAE physical cultural heritage was issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in his capacity as Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The law governs the mandate of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and the scope of its supervision over the emirate's cultural heritage, which includes increasing national awareness about the ...  >>MORE

UAE President issues federal laws

Posted on 22/07/2016

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a number of special federal laws, including one amending Federal Law No. 45/1992 pertaining to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one on regulating of the competencies of the National Media Council. H.H. Sheikh Khalifa also issued federal laws on combating cyber crimes and judicial fees at federal courts. Federal Law No. 10/2016 amends some of the provisions of Federal Law No. 45/1992 on regulating the work of the Ministry ...  >>MORE

UAE Child Protection Law takes effect on June 15

Posted on 15/06/2016

As the UAE's Child Protection Law takes effect on June 15, reporting cases of child abuse or negligence is now mandatory for all members of the community with the ultimate goal of transforming families and society and not dividing them. The Federal Law No 3 of 2016, formerly named Wudeema Law, was drafted in the memory of Wudeema, an eight-year-old Emirati girl who was starved and tortured to death in Dubai by her father and his girlfriend in 2012. The law ensures that every child in the UAE, ...  >>MORE

UAE ranked fifth globally in legal framework efficiency index 2016

Posted on 05/06/2016

Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, has said the UAE has been ranked fifth globally in the legal framework efficiency index 2016, according to the annual global competitiveness report issued by International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland. He added that this advanced ranking reflects the important achievements scored by the UAE during 2016 in course of its comprehensive development that contributed to etching its position at the regional and ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Fatima welcomes measures taken to implement 'Wadeema Law' on child protection

Posted on 27/05/2016

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, GWU, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, has said that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has become one of the leading nations in child protection and welfare and an enabler of children, who represent a vital segment of the community, have their rights guaranteed by law ...  >>MORE

MoI hosts dialogue on child rights law "Wadeema" with 33 entities

Posted on 26/05/2016

The Human Rights Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior hosted an interactive dialogue session on the child rights law "Wadeema", which was attended by 33 societal and governmental entities. In his welcome speech, Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaiaili, Acting Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs, reiterated the Ministry of Interior's unwavering commitment to ...  >>MORE

Child prosecution section set up in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 25/05/2016

The Attorney-General of Abu Dhabi, Ali Mohammed Abdullah Al Balushi, has issued a decision establishing a specialised section for the child within family prosecution in the context of societal and legal responsibility of the public prosecution to protect the rights of children. The move follows the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to prepare for the implementation ...  >>MORE

UAE President directs National Reading Law as Mohammed bin Rashid approves ten-year national reading strategy backed by a AED 100 Million Fund

Posted on 04/05/2016

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has given directions to start the legislative procedure of drafting a UAE National Reading Law, which aims to ensure the sustainability of all government efforts to consolidate reading in the UAE for all ages, as well as identify the key responsibilities of government agencies in the field. The law comes as part of the National Policy for Reading in the UAE, which was announced this morning at a press conference during the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues Law on Dubai Economic Security Centre

Posted on 25/04/2016

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued Law No (4) of 2016 on the Dubai Economic Security Centre. The Centre aims to maintain Dubai's position as a global financial and economic hub, ensure its financial stability and protect its investments from crimes that may harm its economy. The new Law seeks to ensure the proper implementation of international best practices in Dubai's financial markets, ...  >>MORE

President issues Child Rights law

Posted on 13/04/2016

A law to protect children against all forms of negligence, exploitation and physical and psychological abuse has been issued. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Federal Law No 3 of 2016 on child rights, also called Wudeema's Law. The law which was published in the official gazette, stipulates children's basic rights to live and be safe, and that all competent authorities and concerned bodies have to work together to ensure the protection of children's rights. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to launch chosen domicile service to speed up litigation

Posted on 22/02/2016

Abu Dhabi is launching the Chosen Domicile Service (CDS) to ease and speed up the litigation procedures and implement judicial rulings, whether for companies or individuals. The initiative, the first of its kind in the Middle East and provided by Ishaar of Legal Correspondence Services LLC, aims to improve the manner in which services are provided to the public and private sectors so as to reflect positively on all economic, judicial and legal aspects that contribute to the development of ...  >>MORE

Justice Minister sets up judicial departments for minor claims, intellectual property cases

Posted on 04/02/2016

Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, has issued Ministerial Resolution No. 137 for 2016 setting up specialised judicial departments to handle commercial and civic cases for minor claims valued at a maximum amount of Dh20,000. The resolution also sets up judicial departments to settle intellectual property cases. Judge Jasim Saif Bu Aseeba, Director of the Judicial Inspection Department at the Justice Ministry, said the departments, which already exist at the Fujairah Court of First ...  >>MORE

FNC approves President's reservation about Child Rights Law

Posted on 08/01/2016

The Federal National Council yesterday approved the reservation of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan about a bill on child rights that was passed last month and sent to the President approval. The bill was originally named Wadeema's Law, after the girl of that name who was murdered in 2011 after months of brutal mistreatment. The President's reservation required changing the name of bill to "Federal Law on Child Rights (Wadeema), and carrying out amendments to Article ...  >>MORE

FNC passes Child Rights Law

Posted on 23/12/2015

The country's first Child Rights law was passed by the Federal National Council for the second time on Tuesday. The law, initially called Wudeema's Law in memory of the eight-year-old girl who was starved and tortured to death by her father and his girlfriend, will now be known as Child Rights Law, after members of the House voted by a large majority to change the name. When the little girl's ordeal came to light in 2012, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Courts to launch new smart services during Gitex week

Posted on 08/10/2015

Dubai Courts will launch a number of new smart and electronic services during its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2015, which will be held from 18th-22nd of October. The new services includes 10 smart platforms that aim to facilitate access to the Courts customer services and to satisfy clients by simplifying the services and speeding up litigation for clients and staff. During the event, which will take place in Dubai World Trade Centre within the Dubai Smart Government pavilion under ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi public prosecution orders arrest warrant for man for insulting Federal National Council in online video

Posted on 06/10/2015

The Public Prosecution of Abu Dhabi has ordered the arrest of a man accused of mocking and insulting the Federal National Council in an online video. In a statement, the Public Prosecution stressed that the step was not in conflict with the principle of freedom of expression. The Public Prosecution explained that as per the constitution of the UAE, the country's penal code protects the public's freedom of opinion as long as it does not breach limitations of morality and religion. The ...  >>MORE

Public Prosecution refers two footballers, website owner to court under cybercrime law

Posted on 22/09/2015

Two footballers and a website owner will tomorrow stand trial at the Abu Dhabi Court of Misdemeanour on charges of using telecommunication to insult and harm others and of breach public morals by circulating footage on the Internet. The Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution demanded that the court hand out the maximum penalties to the suspects in accordance with article (17) of the UAE Cyber Crime Law, which punishes anyone who establishes, operates, supervises, produces, transmits, publishes and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Chamber workshop sheds light on provisions of new Commercial Companies Law

Posted on 04/09/2015

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently organised a workshop in association with the Baker and McKenzie Habib Al Mulla law firm, highlighting the notable changes introduced by the new Commercial Companies Law. The workshop, which was attended by Dubai Chamber members, lawyers and legal consultants, investors, contract specialists, general managers and business owners, provided insights into the provisions of the new Commercial Companies Law while assessing its impact on companies ...  >>MORE

Law on Dubai Foundation for women amended

Posted on 24/08/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Law No. 25 for 2015, amending some provisions of law No. 24 for 2006 on the establishment of the Dubai Foundation for Women. Under the new law, articles 5 and 12 of the existing law, defining objectives, tasks and powers of the Foundation and its administrative structure shall be replaced with new texts. The Foundation's new objectives include ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues law on disposition of impounded vehicles

Posted on 20/08/2015

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued Law No 23 of 2015 regulating the disposition of impounded vehicles in the Emirate of Dubai. The law stipulates that the Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief shall set up a committee on disposition of the impounded vehicles with representatives from Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Public Prosecution and ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues law regulating partnership between public, private sectors in Dubai Emirate

Posted on 19/08/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, has issued Law No. 22 for 2015, regulating partnerships between the public and private sectors in the Emirate of Dubai. The new law aims at encouraging the private sector to participate in the development of projects and increasing investment in different fields in a way that serves economic and social development in the Emirate of Dubai. It also allows the government ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues law on judicial fees in Dubai courts

Posted on 17/08/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued, in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, law no. 21 for 2015 on the judicial fees in Dubai courts. The law is aimed at regulating the fees imposed by the courts of law in Dubai for the proceedings services in civil cases, claims and cassations. The law authorises the Executive Council of Dubai to amend the fees by means of a resolution. It details provisions for the cases, claims and cassation which ...  >>MORE

Dealing with racism: UAE sets example, says Arab News

Posted on 02/08/2015

Arab News has published an article praising UAE's new anti-hate law, saying that the country has set an example in dealing with the racism. It further says that the law serves to establish a proper relation between members of society and install civil peace. Written by Abdulrahman Al Rashed, the article says that in the past, there existed good ethical standards for rejecting discrimination and promoting coexistence at a time when no laws regulated relations amongst people and between ...  >>MORE

Jordanian news agency praises UAE's anti-discrimination law

Posted on 25/07/2015

AMMAN: A Jordanian private news agency has praised the UAE for enacting an anti-discrimination law as a new step reflecting the UAE's civilisation and respect for all people regardless of their race, colour, nationality or faith. The UAE anti-discriminatory law was issued on Monday following a decree by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan against any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin. In an article ...  >>MORE

Anti-discrimination law a "civilisational addition", says Minister of Labour

Posted on 23/07/2015

Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour, yesterday described the new law enacted Monday by the UAE to criminalise all forms of discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin, as a "civilisational addition" that provides a legislative framework for the culture of tolerance, compassion, and acceptance of others as they are. This culture, he said, is deeply rooted in the country's society and provides the foundation for continuous ...  >>MORE

Experts deem anti-hate speech law will safeguard country and its people against bigotry and hatred

Posted on 23/07/2015

A leading travel industry online news service, eTN Global News, yesterday published a lengthy article commenting on the UAE's new anti-hate law. In an unsigned report, eTN quoted Dr. Mohammad bin Huwaidin, of the UAE University, and Dubai-based political analyst Dr. Theodore Karasik as welcoming the law, saying that it would protect the UAE and its inhabitants from bigotry and hatred. With more than 200 nationalities successfully co-existing in the UAE, the anti-hate speech law, decreed by ...  >>MORE

Dhahi Khalfan: Law elevates UAE to the level of civilised countries

Posted on 23/07/2015

The Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security in Dubai, Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, said that the UAE Anti-Discrimination Law has elevated the state to the ranks of highly civilised nations, and will put an end to crimes of discrimination practiced by some Arab societies. He told Emarat Al Youm, Emirates Today, newspaper, "Only now will the preachers of hate and extremism here and abroad understand that there is a deterrent punishment that awaits them," stressing that these people ...  >>MORE

Secretary-General of the Association of Sunni Scholars in India praises UAE anti-discrimination law

Posted on 23/07/2015

CALICUT: On the occasion of the issuance the Decree to combat discrimination and hatred, Sheikh Abu Bakr Ahmed, Secretary-General of the Association of Sunni Scholars in India has said that the decree will enhance unity and equality between different nations. "It also helps the feeling of pride and dignity in every member of the community." He pointed out that this law seems obviously importance in light of the increase in violent acts, racism and hatred in society in the name of religion and ...  >>MORE

Jordanian Catholic priest praises UAE for enacting anti-discriminatory law

Posted on 23/07/2015

AMMAN: Director of the Catholic Centre for Studies and Media has praised the UAE for enacting a new law criminalising all forms of discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin. During a meeting with Ambassador of the UAE to Jordan, Bilal Rabea' Al Bodour, Father Rifat Bader said that it is to the credit of the wise Emirati leadership, government and people, that this "civilisational move" was made to reflect the country's spirit of love and ...  >>MORE

Islamic European Council hails UAE law against hate crimes and discrimination

Posted on 22/07/2015

PARIS: The Islamic European Council has commended the Law issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan against any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin. The Islamic European Council called on the governments of Islamic countries, members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and member states of the United Nations to follow the United Arab Emirates in order to activate Resolution No. 65/224 on ...  >>MORE

Akbar Al Sa'a: Anti-discriminatory law promotes UAE's coexistence model

Posted on 22/07/2015

Akhbar Al Sa'a, the News of the Hour Bulletin, has said that the Anti-Discriminatory Law, issued yesterday by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, promotes the Emirati coexistence model, which, through its contents, guarantees equality among members of society and criminalises discrimination among individuals or groups on the basis of religion, creed, doctrine, denomination, caste, race, colour or ethnic origin. Under the headline, "Anti-discriminatory law promotes UAE ...  >>MORE

Hate-crimes law upholds our values: paper

Posted on 22/07/2015

A UAE daily has said that attempts to sow religious discord and create other divisions have been criminalised. Of all the many differences between the UAE and extremist groups like Daesh, the most fundamental is on the issue of tolerance. "Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the UAE, established the country on the principle of being accepting of other faiths and philosophies, unlike the divisive agenda of Daesh, where followers of anything other than their twisted misinterpretation of Islam ...  >>MORE

UAE law on hate crimes commendable: paper

Posted on 22/07/2015

The UAE is a quintessential canopy of social accord. With people from over 200 nationalities basking in a plethora of creature comforts and shored up with watertight security, the nation's leaders are making all-out efforts to see that the character of the country holds, commented a UAE daily. "Apart from rendering material delights, the UAE also looks after the emotional wellbeing of the masses, both nationals and expatriates," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Tuesday. Since communal ...  >>MORE

UAE leadership backs peace and equality among all people, says Lubna

Posted on 21/07/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) and Head of the UAE Committee for the Coordination of Humanitarian Foreign Aid, has praised the wisdom and far-sighted vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in supporting the country's approach to spread culture of peace and equality, love, understanding, and mutual respect among all people. In her remarks on the occasion of issuance of the anti-discrimination law by ...  >>MORE

Amal Al Qubaisi welcomes anti-discrimination laws

Posted on 21/07/2015

Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), Member of the Executive Authority of Government of Abu Dhabi, and also Director-General of Abu Dhabi Education Council, has hailed the Decree issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on criminalisation of acts related to contempt of religion and its holy sites, the fight against all forms of discrimination, and the rejection of hate speech. She added that religious tolerance is one of ...  >>MORE

Anti-discriminatory law to thwart any attempt to sow seeds of division in country's cohesive, diverse society, says Abu Dhabi Attorney-General

Posted on 21/07/2015

Attorney-General of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on Monday stressed that the new law issued by the UAE against any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin, following a Decree by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will thwart any attempt to sow seeds of division in the country's cohesive and diverse society. In a statement, Ali Mohammed Al Balushi noted that the new anti-discrimination law was issued to protect ...  >>MORE

Implementation of anti-discrimination law a civilised step, says Emirates Human Rights Association

Posted on 21/07/2015

The UAE's move to implement the anti-discrimination and hatred law is an advanced civilised step to protect the rights and dignity of citizens and residents on its territory, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emirates Human Rights Association (EHRA), Mohammed Salem Al Kaabi, has said. He added that these laws will punish those who incite hatred and preach destructive and intolerant ideas in the community, citing that destructive ideas wrought havoc in some countries. Al Kaabi said the ...  >>MORE

Tolerance and harmony at UAE’s core

Posted on 21/07/2015

The first reaction to the historic Anti-Discrimination Law issued by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was a huge welcome by UAE citizens and expatriates living in the country. There was a sense of relief, a feeling of security. The region has been haunted by extremists spreading their doctrine of hate through bloodshed. The violence and the language of hate were seen everywhere in the world, especially the Arab world, in the media, social media and television. This was ...  >>MORE

UAE issues law against hate crimes and discrimination

Posted on 20/07/2015

The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law against any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin following a Decree by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The new law, No. 02 of 2015, criminalises any acts that stoke religious hatred and/or which insult religion through any form of expression, be it speech or the written word, books, pamphlets or via online media. The law also includes provisions for ...  >>MORE

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President issues National Law of Reading


Khalifa issues law on regulating deep water resources in Abu Dhabi


Khalifa issues Abu Dhabi's cultural heritage law


UAE President issues federal laws


UAE Child Protection Law takes effect on June 15


UAE ranked fifth globally in legal framework efficiency index 2016


Sheikha Fatima welcomes measures taken to implement 'Wadeema Law' on child protection


MoI hosts dialogue on child rights law "Wadeema" with 33 entities


Child prosecution section set up in Abu Dhabi


UAE President directs National Reading Law as Mohammed bin Rashid approves ten-year national reading strategy backed by a AED 100 Million Fund


Mohammed bin Rashid issues Law on Dubai Economic Security Centre


President issues Child Rights law


Abu Dhabi to launch chosen domicile service to speed up litigation


Justice Minister sets up judicial departments for minor claims, intellectual property cases


FNC approves President's reservation about Child Rights Law


FNC passes Child Rights Law


Dubai Courts to launch new smart services during Gitex week


Abu Dhabi public prosecution orders arrest warrant for man for insulting Federal National Council in online video


Public Prosecution refers two footballers, website owner to court under cybercrime law


Dubai Chamber workshop sheds light on provisions of new Commercial Companies Law


Law on Dubai Foundation for women amended


Mohammed bin Rashid issues law on disposition of impounded vehicles


Mohammed bin Rashid issues law regulating partnership between public, private sectors in Dubai Emirate


Mohammed bin Rashid issues law on judicial fees in Dubai courts


Dealing with racism: UAE sets example, says Arab News


Jordanian news agency praises UAE's anti-discrimination law


Anti-discrimination law a "civilisational addition", says Minister of Labour


Experts deem anti-hate speech law will safeguard country and its people against bigotry and hatred


Dhahi Khalfan: Law elevates UAE to the level of civilised countries


Secretary-General of the Association of Sunni Scholars in India praises UAE anti-discrimination law


Jordanian Catholic priest praises UAE for enacting anti-discriminatory law


Islamic European Council hails UAE law against hate crimes and discrimination


Akbar Al Sa'a: Anti-discriminatory law promotes UAE's coexistence model


Hate-crimes law upholds our values: paper


UAE law on hate crimes commendable: paper


UAE leadership backs peace and equality among all people, says Lubna


Amal Al Qubaisi welcomes anti-discrimination laws


Anti-discriminatory law to thwart any attempt to sow seeds of division in country's cohesive, diverse society, says Abu Dhabi Attorney-General


Implementation of anti-discrimination law a civilised step, says Emirates Human Rights Association


Tolerance and harmony at UAE’s core


UAE issues law against hate crimes and discrimination