Civil Marriage: Non-Muslim couple tie the knot for the first time in UAE

The United Arab Emirate, UAE, has issued its first civil marriage license for a non-Muslim couple as the Gulf country seeks to keep its edge over regional competitors. 

The UAE, where foreigners make up 90 percent of the approximately 10-million population, has been amending its laws to present itself as a modernising force in a largely conservative region. 

The Canadian couple were the first to marry under a new law on the personal status of non-Muslims in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi. 

The move is seen to contribute to the consolidation of Abu Dhabi’s position as a world leading destination for skills and expertise from around the world.

Civil marriage in the Middle East, the birthplace of Islam, Christianity and Judaism, is uncommon and usually conducted under a religious authority of one of the three monotheistic beliefs.

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