The United Arab Emirates made the historic decision to end punishment for so-called “honor” crimes and lifted the ban on single couples from living together and decriminalized alcohol consumption.
All foreign citizens living in the Gulf state will be able to follow the laws and rules of their countries of origin, to the detriment of the law of the United Arab Emirates, based on the Islamic religion.
The United Arab Emirates are one of the major tourist destinations in the world and the truth is that the population is increasingly composed of migrants. These changes to the law aim to “consolidate the principles of tolerance” in the country.
For the executive director of Human Rights Watch, the measures are “positive steps towards women’s rights”.
These new laws also include tougher punishments for men who subject women to harassment, according to local media.