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06 January, 2008

Justice for all

It really is good news week - now UAE women are set to become federal court judges:

The Ministry of Justice is amending judiciary law to allow women to take up positions as judges and prosecutors at the federal level, Mohammad Bin Nakhira Al Daheri, Minister of Justice, told Gulf News on Saturday.

“At present, the law states that only a Muslim man is entitled to assume the position of a judge,” Al Daheri said.

Amazing to think that just over the border in the Evil Kingdom, they're not even allowed to drive.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

That really is good news, and quite progressive for the region.

Are there women waiting in the wings to take up these positions, or will it be a while yet before the reality catches up to the provision?

06 January, 2008 12:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SALUTE TO DUBAI !! The pioneer's in exploring uncharted waters, and finding success (or rather goldmines) always. Muslim nations from around the world should visit Dubai, to see for themsevles, how a moderate state is marching towards one of most sought after place in the world !!

06 January, 2008 12:59  
Blogger Seabee said...

There's still a lot to be done but the improvements seem to be coming thick and fast.

06 January, 2008 15:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing to think that just over the border in the Evil Kingdom, they're not even allowed to drive.

'Evil Kingdom'. LOL

06 January, 2008 17:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with the sudden stream of positive stories...this cant be the same blog...did someone get to you? or is it a change of year resolution and all that...

06 January, 2008 19:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo! this is good news. Take it easy is all I can say at the moment. This is just a step forward. A very good initiative. I also hope that someday the justice is served fair and square irrespective of once race, color or nationality. Now thats gonna be a major reform. This gives some hope for the womenfolk! Simply great!

06 January, 2008 19:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 06 January, 2008 19:13:

Waw, that just proves what secret dubai & people who read/comment on this blog all want! Simply damage the image of this country, rather than find solutions to improve things.

What a bunch of pathetic, envious, numb people you are.

06 January, 2008 22:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emarati you're really full of it aren't you? This much is clear. You talk about solutions. I bet you don't even come up with one solution in your day job..probably let some Westerner or Indian do that for you.

Criticism is a very healthy thing in society, which is something most countries in this region need to learn. The entrenched culture of consensus, as well as saving face, and lack of direct criticism is one reason why these places will not inherently develop.

You cannot speak of modernising simply by building nice shiny towers and hotels, and letting the local populace drug themselves in self-congratulatory effusions.

You speak of local culture being threatened by expatriates then why don't you trot over to your local majlis and discuss why beaches have naked people lying around which is against islamic culture? why prostitution is the evident business of areas of deira and bur dubai as well as 3 star or less hotels? why most people in the malls of the uae look more at home in LA and London than they would in the 'traditional' land of the desert arab?

But the fact is that you will not go to any venue and complain publicly...why? Because the same culture of non-criticism that makes you dislike our comments also forces you into not venting your spleen at your local majlis for fear of repercussions.

It's a two-edged sword...this culture of non-criticism.

07 January, 2008 01:46  
Blogger screwed.mind said...


Maybe, this is not even positive, or just illusionary that it is positive.

Maybe you need to scroll down in Gulfnews column to where captioned "Why women are needed" and read this part : "Only women can understand women...."

So basically they need women judges because apparently men judges can't understand women(I was expecting to read a comment about advances about equal opportunities or so)! Even this looks more toward gender segregation!

This is, like anything else in UAE, a big billboard poster to advertise something which is delusional. I'd be just keen to see those judges at work but bad enough for me being a man, I can't visit them if I do something wrong and get arrested!!

07 January, 2008 02:40  
Blogger fadi said...

Only if their parents, brothers and future husbands will let them attend reputable universities, accept them as a major contributor to the society and maybe even financially better off, only if.

07 January, 2008 07:17  
Blogger Kyle said...

@ Mind - 07 January, 2008 02:40

I'd be just keen to see those judges at work but bad enough for me being a man, I can't visit them if I do something wrong and get arrested!!

What do you mean? These female judges/lawyers would only take on cases that are related to women? And what else, their dispensation of justice would be confined to an all-woman Court?

If such is the case, I don't know what to make of this, whether it's a step forward or a blinder. I guess time will tell!

@ susurrus - 07 January, 2008 07:17

Couple of Emirati women I've come across are pretty dynamic with a go getter attitude, professionally, per se! I don't know if they'd score same points on the flip side! Probably, it's possible, if they had an equally dynamic and open-minded guy for a husband!

07 January, 2008 08:37  
Blogger LocalExpat said...

Now that female's can be judges, will their judgments be considered to be worth half of male judges, similar to a two female witnesses' testimonies being equal to a man's ?

07 January, 2008 09:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone living in and criticizing Dubai should also be open to accepting counter-criticism of selling out. All of you are essentially 'mercenaries' who came to this region in search of money, some of you even escaping some sort of dark past or failed careers at home.

You didn't come here organically, out of interest for the region's culture, or even escaping persecution. No, you boarded a plane and landed in wonderland where your your skills are compensated with a good wad of money.

What else do you want? Do you all want to be sheikhs next? These people, Emiratis, have been more than hospitable to other cultures, they allowed you to import your whoring, drinking and other vices even as they are already negatively impacting traditional families here and corrupting many young people.

Dont be greedy. Try to be grateful instead, since you would've never achieved such a lifestyle in your own country in such a short time and you know it. Remember that you are a guest here.

I salute to all Emiratis for what they are doing with this country, and am immensely proud of them as a Muslim. God Bless UAE!

07 January, 2008 14:49  
Blogger screwed.mind said...

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07 January, 2008 15:50  
Blogger screwed.mind said...


Let me clear something for you: UAE is not a heaven that people die for landing in on.

UAE is a developing country that needs workforce from all different areas. Remember, without all those money-seeking greedy alcohol drinking whore worshipers, as you call them, UAE could not progress. This is a co-existence formula rather than master-slave one you're trying to paint.

So, If you really think lifestyle is dazzling, I would say you need serious education and I would seriously doubt if you seen-it-all. All the bling bling is a copycat from the countries of all those money-seeking alcohol-drinkers so I guess they would be well entitled as seen-it-before-been-there-done-that .

I think you fail miserably to understand basic concept of how a human society works in 21st century.

And if you think the wages are in scale of "good wad of money" emmm... I guess you wrote your comment while being stoned out!

07 January, 2008 15:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The standard of living in Dubai is not high at all. The salaries arent that great, add to that the cost of living and you get to realise there are quite a few poor people here.

The lists of poor included emaratis as well. The vast vast majority of emaratis are employed by the state. Unless you're a sheikh then I can assure you that the living is very very average.

It only looks good if you compare the civil servants with the unskilled expatriates who are here earning peanuts.

Now please get off from this fantasy of rich emaratis.

07 January, 2008 20:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, and please also get off from the fanatsy that all western expats earn a fortune. unless you are a top CEO or hyper-qualified specialist you can't save more than in you home country (esp. when you are here with wife & kids - recently paid schooling fees, anyone?). the only thing i'll miss is the choice of fresh mangos and the fuel price.

08 January, 2008 13:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ma lessere
It is not your place to criticize. Just shut up and get on with your life whilst in the UAE (if you happen to be here). Otherwise, take a 'shiny' thing and shove it up your ass and bark all you want. Sick.

your name says it all. You are stupid.

u need to do your homework and research before posting. He he he, you are a product of the UAE and therefore not in a position of deliberation.

emarati & seen-it-all
*** Keep it up ***

09 January, 2008 03:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile elsewhere:

09 January, 2008 08:59  
Blogger screwed.mind said...

@Anonymous 09 January, 2008 03:43

I would say Emarati and other people with the same attitude that commented here should be ashamed of some prick like you supporting them.

At least they show they have education!

So what are you? Doctor Hitman that deters people with shiny objects?!

Keep it least you're not a boring prick!

10 January, 2008 03:58  
Blogger SNAZ said...

Atleast some Heartwarming news than a New Tower or a new implemented law, or another new toll.

10 January, 2008 16:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once I had a chatsite with 2000 members, 1999 of them were dumb, only 1 was clever
I see this over and over again..especially here.

11 January, 2008 02:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justice never was and never will be seen in this country.

Few more weeks and there will be a new rule....pfffft

11 January, 2008 04:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11 January, 2008 11:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the way the uae, especially dubai leadership empowers women is exemplary to this region.

if you see the recent 60 minutes interview with Sh Mo, you'll see where he even jokes with the female university students "we worry that you will take all". This comment is said with a tone of pride that he has in this country's young ladies.

I have seen myself that there is a steady drive to make women the active ceo's in most government run companies. Talk to most uae young women here, you will find them much sharper, intuitive and articulate than the boys.

The UAE is doing a great job in leading by example that it cannot only do great things in the arab world, but it can do it through women.

Well done.

11 January, 2008 16:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SD, Please help me understand why did you come to Dubai in the first place? Looking for a better life far away from your dungeon in UK? or was it the unbearable smell of fish from coast to coast that drove you from there? was it the cheap dental work in Dubai, or the prospect of marrying an oil rich Sheikh?

Either way, your living in Dubai for 5 years is evidence that you are a classic example of your country's rejects trying to make an already sad, dull life into something good in a country where you are neither welcome nor appreciated by the natives.

I personally think you are a deranged middle aged woman having a midlife crisis where everything you see around you is like looking at yourself; a failure. Which explains where all the anger, frustration, and mind numbing poems come from.

I think you've had your fair share of shishas, Arabic coffee, and Emarati penis peeping (refer to archived blogs) and its best you leave this country you so passionately hate.

If you can't appreciate Dubai's success, you definitely can't enjoy it.


11 January, 2008 19:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to topic - It's not just the Evil Kingdom which doesn't want female judges - read this about how the country bumpkin Qatari cousins view the concept of female judges...

Male lawyers in Qatar are [0]opposed to women being appointed as judgesand say if at all, they should be restricted to family courts. A woman isemotionally and physiologically not geared to fit in the role of a judgesince the job demands a balanced disposition, said Waleed Abu Nida, alawyer. Women are showing excellence in almost every field in Qatar andwalking shoulder to shoulder with men, but dispensing justice is nottheir cup of tea. "It is entirely the male's domain," said Lawyer MohsenThiyab Al Suwaidi. "We, however, support the idea of women judges in thefamily courts," he said. Women are physiologically not geared to be in ajudge's role since their performance can be affected during menstrualcycle, pregnancy and delivery," argued Al Suwaidi. Discuss this story at:

Keep up the good work SD still reading you here in Doha....

11 January, 2008 21:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Further to the above post regarding the Neanderthals quoted in Qatar, the same backward mind-set afflicts Kuwait as well where we read that a female politicion was subjected to a 9 hour grilling about her cabinet portfolio by conservative politicians. They hounded out the only previous Kuwaiti female by subjecting her to the same pressures. This is what I've said before that until and unless the youth in this place are not freed from the shackles of centuries of narrow, misogynistic and xenophobic thinking these places will never progress beyond visible material, and therefore, shallow, changes.

Thank God Shaikh Mohammad has the foresight to promote womens' education and employment because judging by the quality of the men here, you would think that they are from the planet of the apes.

Often you will come across educated emirati ladies performing excellently in their jobs...but the men...they are a waste of time and effort.

P.S. And to Anonymous 09 January, 2008 03:43, from your words you show your class...the gutter. Also, I'm from a democratic and free country where we are not taught 'our place'. So be good little puppy and go chew on that bone.

11 January, 2008 22:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Rules of War and others who think expats are all here because they couldn't make it in their own country,

Do you really have such a low opinion of your own country that you truly believe that the only thing that would persuade people to come and live here is that it is the last resort in their sad miserable lives?

Do you honestly think that Dubai is so awful that the only thing expats are here for is money?

You like to imply that you are somehow superior, but your words don't ring true.

In all societies it is the best, the bravest and the strongest who travel furthest. These people recognise that there is a wider world beyond their limited horizons and they open their minds to experiencing it.

People like you will always limit themselves, and the saddest thing is, you will never even know it.

14 January, 2008 10:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beat it Rosy, I was talking about people living here for years, not tourists.

16 January, 2008 22:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So was she, you moron! Quite sad you can't see thru honest, mature words and thought.

16 January, 2008 23:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Rose in Dubai,

No human being would be strong and brave enough to travel the furtherst without a driving force.

09 February, 2008 00:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Rose in Dubai

I wonder who these people are you refer to as -

the best, the bravest and the strongest who travel furthest.

If you call gluing your ass to a revolving chair and taking a few spins as similar to experiencing - a wider world beyond .. limited horizons - then you certainly top the charts of dumb people in the world, after premier bush ofcourse.

09 February, 2008 06:32  

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