Thursday, July 5, 2012
If you are a woman and over 30, you are too old to get married
If you are a 30-year-old Emirati woman and still single, then you have missed the marriage boat: by UAE standards, you are now considered to be too old.
Authorities in the Gulf state say more women are falling into this category: some 60 percent, according to the latest statistics, raising concerns among officials and sparking online debates as to why.
The issue has been the focus of discussions for weeks at the Federal National Council, the country's appointed consultative body, where members are scrambling to find a solution to what they believe could be a serious demographic problem.
"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.