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26 March, 2008

Robes of justice

As promised back in January, by Justice Minister Mohammad Bin Nakhira Al Daheri, the laws has been amended to allow women on the UAE bench:

Abu Dhabi: The emirate of Abu Dhabi has appointed its first ever female judge, WAM reported.

The appointment of Khuloud Ahmad Al Dhaheri as a judge in the court of first instance was announced in a decree issued by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
President of the UAE, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

According to WAM she is the first ever female judge in the history of the UAE.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's good... I am pleased for Abu Dhabi. I always liked Abu Dhabi.

27 March, 2008 02:49  
Blogger Kyle said...

Being an Emirati, I hope she upholds justice more diligently than a non-Emirati judge.

That apart, I also hope she enforces & rules without any bias or prejudice especially for those wrongly accused by the haywire system of the UAE.

27 March, 2008 09:49  
Blogger Annabelle said...

So guys, how does it feel to have a woman taking decisions over your life? And what will be the next step? I propose you hire some Filipina women in the police force!

27 March, 2008 09:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bit surprised to know women exist in your part of the world. i was under the misguided impression that they were too much of a temptation for the men, and had to covered completely and hidden from all public life, and from strange men in case they raise infidel thoughts in them. giving them power like this, wouldnt this be too much of a radical step. and god forbid, who will cook for the husband in case the other 3 wives are out shopping!

27 March, 2008 12:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kholoud Ahmad Jouan al-Dhaheri has a BA and has almost finished her Masters, so is obviously well qualified. And get this for a crazy coincidence, the kind of random collision of the fates that the UAE is so lucky to benefit from - she only happens to be the niece of Dr. Hadef bin Jua'an Al Dhaheri, the Minister of Justice! What are the chances of that happening? It's great she managed to get there on her own merits without relying on cheap nepotism, which would, after all, make the entire justice system look completely fucking ridiculous.


27 March, 2008 13:28  
Blogger secretdubai said...

You know I did notice the names, but it obviously wasn't her father - so I thought benefit of the doubt, maybe just a coincidence.

That all said, as the first female judge she might need some decent wasta to stop conservatives criticising her appointment and her judgements.

And if she's young, then hopefully she will be more open minded and progressive. And having family support (albeit nepotistic) is a signal that the family is a more progressive than conservative one.

So yeah I do take your point, but I glimpse a silver lining. Even if the aim is tokenism and she's there as more of a PR puppet, she may surprise us all.

27 March, 2008 13:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm more qualified than her and I can't even get a job. I wish I knew important people.

27 March, 2008 16:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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27 March, 2008 22:02  
Blogger Unknown said...

I do think this is an advancement for women in the UAE and not looking to degrade that but...A Bachelor of Arts and almost finished her Masters qualifies you to be a judge? Thankfully, I'm not well versed in the UAE justice system but this seems a little questionable. Nonetheless, it's a step in the right direction.

29 March, 2008 06:12  
Blogger screwed.mind said...'s like we're celebrating the re-invention of the wheel by UAE government as a milestone in the 21st century!

29 March, 2008 15:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A certain paternal figure in that family had made it big in the stock market boom a few years back. The family was unknown and without power until that incident.

Just a valid fact from an acquaintance of the family.

30 March, 2008 03:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

like much else in the UAE what qualifies you to public office is your family - that's all. You dont have to be smart, educated etc - in fact, one of the main reasons for not allowing foreigners to take civil service or government jobs is that the locals know that many immigrants are smarter, better educated and more competitive. Hence, in a proper free labour market, pretty much ALL the locals would be out of a job in days.

30 March, 2008 06:21  
Blogger Annabelle said...

Yes, but as long as the sponsorship system is in place, it's a pretty dumb idea to appoint foreigners as judges; how on earth are they supposed to be independent and objective if they can be deported upon the wish of the Kafil? It’s way better to have a chick without a masters, than an Egyptian with a corrupt sponsor as a judge and the Emirati’s seem to realise that by now, Al Hamdu Lillah!

30 March, 2008 09:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Canada’s vast icescapes run red with the slaughter of 275.000 baby seals, alone on the ice, calling out to their mothers, skinned alive, clubbed or shot to death for their fur. Welcome to Canada!

30 March, 2008 11:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely the best people should get the jobs regardless of skin colour, nation etc? Surely if the UAE was smart it would be cherry-picking the best immigrants and fast-tracking them to citizenship? God knows the administration needs some talent - and for it to expand further it needs to widen its base. But it won't do this because of hackneyed, racialised, ancient notions of what a 'nation' is.
The point with the UAE is that they know if they did allow citizenship (haven't all majority migrant countries allowed this in the past? Australia, NZ, USA) the locals would have to compete.
At present the UAE allows economic benefits in exchange for the removal of democracy.
Most of the ex-pats who put up with this have largely (not entirely) been unsuccessfully economically back home.
So they trade-off things like the right to vote; freedom of movement; freedom to organise unions; freedom of speech etc etc for a job and a car.
However, UAE's economic bubble will burst at some point - then what?
A globalised labour force could then move on to the next best-paying place - India? China? Vietnam? - and the UAE will have missed it's chance.

30 March, 2008 13:27  
Blogger Mme Cyn said...

Oh, come on, people! OK, so she's got wasta. \Big deal. You have to start somewhere. By putting a woman from a powerful family in first, at least she is opening doors for other young women. Considering that we're looking a country whose young women are the first (in some families second) generation of UAE girls to be educated universally, I think this is a step to be applauded.

When I came here a scant ten years ago, the university girls were still debating whether or not they'd be allowed to work, and those who were were rare. Now it's practically expected that college girls will work at least a year or two outside the home. It may be slow in coming, but it's still progress.

31 March, 2008 18:12  
Blogger Unknown said...

Good for her! I'm sure she wouldn't have made it if she wasn't very very good.

PS how long has this site been blocked in the Free Zones (by du?) I only noticed today (cached the party just now).

03 April, 2008 01:16  
Blogger Soul2Love said...

For those who don’t know Kholoud Al Dhaheri.

Kholoud graduated from UAE University with Share’ a and Law Bachlour degree. She spends 8 years practicing as a lawyer.

She is a very determined person; active in her field and that what gained her the trust from individuals to Sheikhs “el hamdallah”

What are the chances of that happening?

Search well in the person history before you Judge, am proudly saying you will find 80% of the family study and working in Law field!

Miss Anon said...
If you're committed to your dream, you will win anyways.

Don't just dream, Live your dream. Keep moving towards it!!

Mme Cyn...

She didn’t get any WASTAA from anyone. Even if her Uncle is Dr. Hadef Ben Jawan get to be the minister of justice.

Always put in your mind this.. Allah is Our Wasstaa in Life..
That’s what she got rewarded on her great efforts as an active Emirati lawyer.

Don’t Judge the Book from its Cover!!!
I would like to invite you all to know ” Kholoud Al Dhaheri”

You are welcome to attend AIESEC Women Leadership Conference in Abu Dhabi, 27/5/2008, for further contacts:
Tel: +9712 6941379 |

19 May, 2008 15:35  

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