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New Abu Dhabi law allows civil marriage for non-Muslims

The decree from Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan also establishes a court to handle non-Muslim family matters.
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Abu Dhabi’s ruler has issued a decree allowing civil marriage and regulating divorce for non-Muslims in the oil-rich emirate, state news agency WAM reported Sunday. 

The new family law, which was announced by Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, will provide “a flexible and advanced judicial mechanism for the determination of personal status disputes for non-Muslims,” according to WAM. 

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