The UAE passes an anti-discriminatory law worth importing


I was in Abu Dhabi recently for the first time. The UAE is a strange land; its citizens make up only 15% of the whole population. The rest are foreigners of one kind or another and from all parts of the world. It is in that sense cosmopolitan beyond belief, and we can of course expect some inter-ethnic and inter-faith spats every now and then.

And yes, there have been a few recent cases. Before things could get worse, the government is now acting decisively and swiftly. Last month, the UAE enacted a vital piece of legislation called the Anti-Discriminatory Law, which follows a decree issued by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to criminalise “any form of discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin”.

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