Women rights and the double standards of the UAE

The Human Rights Council discussed during its 26th session in Geneva the issue of women rights and the right to education as well as other relevant topics. The representative of the United Arab Emirates delivered a “charming” and carefully-worded speech, calling for other countries to uphold women’s rights and gender equality, and to exert efforts…

Ask Ali: On women’s rights in the UAE

Dear Ali: Do Emirati men and women eat separately at home? NY, Abu Dhabi Dear NY: Most Emirati men and women from the same family do eat together. But as food and especially lunch provides an occasion for chatting and catching up on the latest news, some large families in our tribal systems – say…

UAE statement on women’s right in UN

UAE’s experience in women’s empowerment unique in region: Envoy The UAE Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva, Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, has stressed that the UAE’s experience in women’s empowerment was unique in the region. He made the remark in a speech at a panel discussion on women’s rights…

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 2015/2016

The authorities arbitrarily restricted freedom of expression, arresting and prosecuting government critics. A new law on combating discrimination and hatred imposed further limits on the rights to freedom of expression and association. Security forces subjected dozens of people to enforced disappearance. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees was common. Prisoners of conscience remained imprisoned following…

Clothing and dress standards in UAE: read this!

There are already laws setting out the dress code, and signs at the entrances to malls, but Emiratis believe those laws are not being enforced. In June 2012 two Emirati women began a twitter campaign calling on foreign visitors to respect their culture and adhere to an existing dress code. Hannan Al Rayyes andAsma Al…

Is Dubai the best place for women in the Middle East?

The newest generation of women in the United Arab Emirates looks a lot like Farha Alshamsi: educated and career-minded. The 31-year-old has two degrees, holds a senior position in a government agency and runs her own communications and advisory company on the side. “We have women working in all sectors and the government does a…

Know Your Rights: UAE Law

It’s alarming: out of a population of nearly eight million only a small handful understand the laws in the UAE. Emirates Woman delivers a comprehensive guide to the facts of living safe and above the law in the region. ALCOHOL Drinking in licensed establishments is permitted under UAE law for non-Muslims. However, being an Islamic…