Another way women can divorce is called Khula – the right of a wife to seek a release from the bond of marriage – though if a woman uses this method, she loses her dowry [property or money paid to the bride by the husband].”A Khula divorce can be applied for if a Muslim woman proves that her husband is ‘not committed’ to married life, for example if he is abusive or uses alcohol. When it comes to divorce proceedings, whether it is better or not to carry them out in the UAE or your home country depends on the case at hand.“If a woman was the main breadwinner of the family, and she was going to be the custodian of the kids, and she had all the assets in her own name, then I would say: ‘Get a divorce in the Dubai courts,’ because she will retain all the assets in her own name, she wouldn’t have to pay any maintenance to her husband, and she would get custody of her young children,” says Expatriate Law’s Alexandra Tribe (divorce and family lawyers).“But if a woman came to me and said: ‘My husband’s the breadwinner, we have some joint assets in the UK, I don’t really know about his pension.’ Then I would say the UK courts would be better,” she adds.
You will not leave jail until the amount is paid to the bereaved family in full.
“Non-Muslims have the right to go to Dubai’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and apply for permission to drink, but this permission is limited – only quantity for personal use is allowed and it must not be consumed in a public place.”Application forms for alcohol licences are available in UAE liqour stores.
You’ll need a minimum monthly salary of Dhs2,000 and your purchases will be limited depending on the money you earn, so that you cannot buy in bulk.
“If there is an illegitimate relation between [people who are cohabiting] it is considered a crime of voluntary debasement,” says Samia Al Heraki from Bin Haider Advocates & Legal Consultants.
Transgressing the cohabitation laws carries a jail sentence of up to three years, followed by deportation, or an immediate deportation.