The winds of change have started intensifying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is governed by radical Islamic law. The UAE has announced to relax Islamic laws related to personal liberty. Now unmarried couples are allowed to live together. Strict restrictions on the consumption of alcohol have been relaxed and the law to justify the killing of women in the name of honor has been abolished.
Actually, these changes are reflecting the changes in the views of UAE rulers for the last few days. One of the reasons for this change is the increasing demand in the country. Like other countries of the world, the people of the UAE also want personal freedom. Apart from this, the agreement between the UAE and Israel on the initiative of the US can also be a reason. The agreement is expected to bring a large number of tourists from Israel as well as investment. Apart from this, UAE also wants to develop all the cities of the country including Dubai as tourist destinations.
According to the legal reforms announced by the government WAM news agency and the newspaper The National, people of 21 years and above will no longer have to pay any penalty for possessing, consuming and selling alcohol. Previously, one had to obtain a license to buy liquor, carry it and keep it in the house. The new rule will also allow Muslims to consume alcohol. Earlier, there was also a ban on giving licenses to Muslims.
The new law also allows couples to live together without marriage. Till now it was a crime in the UAE. The rules defending the killing and harassment of women in violation or disrespect of religious and cultural rules have been scrapped. The harassment of women in the name of honor has now been made a crime like other attacks on them.
In a country where the number of migrants is high, with these reforms, foreigners will not have to go to Sharia courts in matters of marriage, divorce and succession. These changes have been made at a time when the UAE is about to host the World Expo. This event will not only increase business activities, but will also have the movement of more than 25 million people.