Single female over 30 and Emirati? Hmmm
By Emane Mohammed - AFP [Link]
If you are a 30-year-old Emirati woman and still single, then you've have missed the marriage boat. By UAE standards, you are now considered to be an old maid.
The problem, authorities in the Gulf state say, is that more and more women fall into this category: some 60 percent, according to the latest statistics, raising concerns among officials and sparking online debates as to why.
"This is very worrying," FNC member Said al-Kitbi told AFP, adding that there are now more than 175,000 Emirati women who are over 30 and unmarried.
Though he conceded that being a "spinster" is "not a bad thing in itself", he argues that the demographic consequences of these women not having children is the real problem.
The United Arab Emirates is home to more than eight million people, only 950,000 of them UAE citizens. The rest are foreign, and young Emirati men are increasingly choosing to marry them instead.
The latest government statistics show that at least 20 percent of UAE men are marrying non-Emiratis.
The reasons behind this growing trend of spinsterhood are not entirely clear.
UAE planning ministry statistics show that in 1995, only 20 percent of women over 30 were unmarried. By 2008, that figure was 50 percent.
To read the rest of this interesting article click [here].
Apparently some Emirati women are also marrying foreigners in relatively small numbers compared to the men. I wonder if their expat husbands and children will receive citizenship and full rights? In Kuwait this is not the case and their expat husbands and children do not receive benefits or citizenship.
To read, "More Emirati Women Marrying Foreigners" article click [here]
In Kuwait they have the same fear: "Approval Required for Mixed Marriages in Kuwait" [here].