UAE - Federal Law No. 28 of 2005 of the UAE Personal Affairs Law
- Country: United Arab Emirates
- Law status: Discriminatory law in force
- Law Type: Inheritance and Property
Article 334 of the Federal Law No. 28 of 2005 of the UAE Personal Affairs Law prescribes that males inherit twice as much as females where there are both male and female heirs.
Article 334. 1. Where there is a combination of male and female heirs:
(a) When the deceased has one or more daughters and one or more sons;
(b) When the deceased has one or more granddaughters and one or more grandsons who are of the same degree of descent or lower, if needed to ward off her exclusion; a male of higher ascendancy, however, would exclude her;
(c) When the deceased has one or more sibling sisters and one or more sibling brothers; and
(d) When the deceased has one or more half sisters and one or more half brothers.
2. In such cases, the male inherits twice as much as the female.
Article 25 of the Constitution of the United Arab Emirates: All persons are equal before the law.
Sex discrimination in economic status laws restricts women from being economically independent, limiting access to inheritance and property ownership as well as to employment opportunities, thereby reinforcing gender stereotypes and roles.
Sex discrimination in inheritance laws threatens women and their families around the world, limits their full economic and social participation and prevents them from being economically independent.
Call on President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to turn words into deeds.