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New Policy to Protect Women and Children

A New federal policy delivery by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that will protect women, children, the elderly and people of determination from any form of violence and abuse. The policy, which was approved by the UAE Cabinet on Monday, November 11, is part of the leadership’s efforts to stand by family, children and vulnerable members of the society.

The new policy stressed that the UAE government focuses primarily on strengthening social ties and the family fabric within the nation. He also emphasized the concept of unity and cohesion in society.

The new changes will regulate the procedures regarding work and institutions who specifically deal with domestic violence. It will aim to create a unified framework in its regard.

The new amendment will provide the mechanism for protection and intervention, development of legislation and laws, as well as prevention and raising community awareness about domestic violence. It will also set standards for the training of staff working in the field as well as on studies, research and statistics.

There are the number of initiatives that will be launched as part of the policy, the most notable to mention are the establishment of a unified database linking institutions dealing with family protection at the federal level, university disciplines in the field of family protection and a standardized system for reporting and receiving complaints at the federal level.

Other initiatives include building and implementing necessary action for the prevention of domestic violence and the issuance of law and strategy for family protection.

Law on Volunteering Work

The new policy approved by the cabinet has an objective to organize volunteer work in the UAE and promote social cohesion. It covers regulations and conditions for volunteer work and registration for the volunteering individuals. the obligation of relevant authorities has been defined by relevant authorities, as well as the terms and conditions of volunteering outside the country.

The cabinet further approved the law on veterinary products which facilitate the licensing and registration of companies and factories as well as veterinary products and review of technical reports received from international organizations.

How the Scheme will Protect the Families in UAE

  • Regulate intervention mechanisms in domestic abuse cases
  • Federal database links institutions dealing with family protection
  • Standardize system for reporting and receiving complaints
  • Special law for protecting families

The policy has several mechanisms primarily attributed to protection and intervention, as well as the development of laws related to domestic violence. Prevention is better, which the Cabinet believes that can be achieved through spreading awareness on best practices within the family.

Other initiatives, as mentioned earlier include introducing university degrees related to family protection, establishing a new system for reporting and receiving complaints and ensuring staff are well-trained, backed up by studies, research and statistics.

A committee meeting held has approved a new law related to volunteer work. This new policy promotes social cohesion through volunteering, by placing a focus on regulation, conditions and registering for volunteer work.

UAE’s personal law No. 28 of 2005 governs the matters regarding family law, divorce and child custody matters such context.

This law is taken from Sharia principles and applies to UAE nationals and residents unless non-Muslims wish to apply different rules in special cases as per their religion or laws of their home country.

There are also special jurisdictions and courts and judges with expertise in the UAE that look into such family matters. There are certain types of disputes that pass through a special committee first with an aim to settle them amicably when they fail, which they get referred to the court.

The role of custodian and guardians has specified in the Personal Status law specifies that they need to be satisfied with taking care of a child. Article 143 of UAE Personal Status Law states that irrespective of the gender, the custodian must be capable of raising a child. The custodian would need to be mentally sane and hold no serious infectious diseases. These factors would be considered when determining the custody of a child in certain situations and but it will be the case by case basis.

The Personal Status Law also notes that in the event that there are no sufficient funds for taking care of a child, then the country will assist in such expenses. The new law further confirms this.

UAE has always introduced laws and amended regulations regarding the protection of women and children. It is confirmed that we have welcomed the new policy decision to sustain the environment and make strong policies regulation for the safety of women. If you want to have further information regarding women’s and children’s laws and policies or are facing any similar issues, then contact expert lawyers UAE because they can help you in regarding such issues. Contact the best lawyers for further information.


Hazim Darwish

Hazim Darwish, is a Senior Partner of HHS Lawyers in UAE. Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on legal drafting, contract drafting, labor disputes, family law, and regulatory compliance for business organizations. Hazim Darwish also provides counsel on legal rights and obligations in the UAE to clients, including individuals and businesses subject to investigation or prosecution under Criminal Law by major regulators.