Drinking Alcohol and Living Together Without Marriage Becomes Legal in UAE | 22 Words

In a landmark moment, two of the strictest laws in the UAE have been relaxed and people honestly don't know what to make of it ...

The UAE announced a major overturn of laws this weekend.

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Including relaxing some of the strictest of the Islamic State, which has caused quite a divide in opinion...

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So, 2 of the biggest changes?

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The laws on drinking alcohol and premarital cohabitation have both been abolished.

Previously, the sale of alcohol without a license could result in prosecution...

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And shockingly so, punishments ranged up to eighty lashes (although this type of punishment was very rare).

Cohabitation even carried jail sentences.

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Offenses such as adultery were the most commonly investigated by UAE law.

The premarital cohabitation law has often been ignored by the UAE in recent years...

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Particularly in tourist areas such as Dubai.

Another major change comes for foreigners living in the UAE.

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They can now follow their own countries laws on divorce, rather than the Muslim Shariah law.

The nation has a huge foreign population.

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Around ninety percent, in fact, so this change will have enormous implications.

There are a few reasons for these legal changes...

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Such as boosting the social and economic power of the UAE.

But the main aim is to unify the rules of the entire state.

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Instead, the country wants to focus on crimes that cause harm to others.

This has another unexpected bonus.

Men committing crimes against women will no longer have their punishments lightened if the woman is seen as "dishonorable."

In fact, the law change goes even further.

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Men who are caught harassing women in any way at all will face far tougher punishments.

There are certain laws that remain the same, however...

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Homosexuality and public displays of affection sadly remain illegal in all parts of the UAE.

Filmmaker Abdallah Al Kaabi has spoken out on the news.

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"I could not be happier for these new laws that are progressive and proactive," he said.

He then said:

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"2020 has been a tough and transformative year for the UAE."

This is a step in the right direction!

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