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2012 Divorce Rate grew by 25.6% in Dubai
1/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
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The number of divorce cases during the previous year was 1125 case in Dubai, compared to 4200 marriage contracts among nationals and non-nationals, according to the Mirrage and Divorce Report issued by Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) based on Dubai Courts' data. Divorce rate rose by 25.6% during the past year, compared to the same period of 2011.

Contracts of marriage between Emirati couples make up for 25% of the registered marriage contract at Dubai Courts during the last year(6.8% decrease compared to 2011). Marriage contracts between Emiraties and foreigners slightly increased by 1.2%. The data suggested that marriages between foreign couples rose by 10.2% during 2011 and 2012. The total number of marriage contracts also went up by 4.06%.

Divorce  Certificates

The increase in divorce certificates is  obvious among all nationalities. The increase of divorce certificates among Emirati couples was 22.8% in the second place while the thinest percent was in divorce cases between Emirati men and foreign women by 13.9%. The divorce rate among foreigners are the highest, increased more than 30% in 2012, compared to the same period in 2011 about 31.2%.

Marriage Rate

The number of marriage between Emirati couples during the last year was 1041 marriage (25%) i.e. 6.80% increase, compared to 2011 when the number of marriage between the same group was 1117 marriage, 28% increase. The number of marriage between Emirati men and foreign women as well as between Emirati women and foreign men was 661(16%), with 1.23% increase during the last two years. In 2011, the number was 653, i.e. 16%. The number of marriage between foreigners was 2498 (59%) and 10.24% increase compared to the previous year with 2266 cases (56%).

 During the last year, the number of divorce certificates between Emirati couples was 377 (34% of all cases) 22.80% increase compared to 2011 with 307 case (34%). The number of divorce between Emirati men and foreign women (including also divorce cases between Emirati women and foreign men) was 164 case (15%) with 13.89 increase compared to 2011 with 144 case (16%). The number of divorce cases between foreigners was 584 (52%) with 31.24% increase, compared to 2011 with 445 (50%).

Contracts

Data on marriage contracts and divorce certificates registered with Dubai Courts according to the nationality of the couples and marriage month suggests that the total number of marriage contracts in the previous year between Emirati couples was 1041 case (75 cases in January, 99 cases in February, 98 cases in March, 89 cases in April, 85 cases in May, 73 cases in June, 74 cases in July, 69 cases in August, 81 cases in September, 82 cases in October, 102 cases in November, and 114 cases in December). The total number of marriages between Emirati men and foreign women (including also Emirati women and foreign men) was 661 case (70 contracts in January, 57 contracts in February, 56 contracts in March, 64 contracts in April, 51 contracts in May, 46 contracts in June, 51 contracts in July, 31 contracts in August, 62 contracts in September, 61 contracts in October, 46contracts in November, and 66 contracts in December). The total number of marriages between foreigners was 2498 (198 contracts in January, 235 contracts in February, 223 contracts in March, 201 contracts in April, 218 contracts in May, 199 contracts in June, 215 contracts in July, 155 contracts in August, 165 contracts in September, 223 contracts in October,  204 contracts in November, and 262 contracts in December).

The divorce certificates registered with Dubai courts according to the nationality of the couple and divorce month suggest that the total number of divorces between Emirati couples was 377 case (40 certificates in January, 34 certificates in February, 25 certificates in March, 40 certificates in April, 41 certificates in May, 21 certificates in June, 21 certificates in July, 26 certificates in August, 39 certificates in September, 27 certificates in October, 31 certificates in November, and 32 certificates in December). The total number of divorces between Emirati men and foreign women (including also Emirati women and foreign men) was 164 case (15 certificates in January, 20 certificates in February, 8 certificates in March, 10 certificates in April, 12 certificates in May, 11 certificates in June, 16 certificates in July, 13 certificates in August, 12 certificates in September, 11 certificates in October, 17 certificates in November, and 19 certificates in December). The total number of divorces between foreigners was 584 (40 certificates in January, 40 certificates in February, 56 certificates in March, 47 certificates in April, 55 certificates in May, 45 certificates in June, 52 certificates in July, 32 certificates in August, 55 certificates in September, 52 certificates in October, 51 certificates in November, and 59 certificates in December).

The marriage and divorce data in Dubai indicates that the highest number of marriages was recorded in December; which accounts for the growing number of various nationals who registered their marriage contracts on 12/12/2012 as a special date. In general, the majority of marriage contracts were registered in the first quarter of 2012.

The increase in the contracts of marriage among non-Emirati couples, with the highest number, is attributed to the demographic structure characterized by the large number of non-Emirati residents. If we review the monthly pattern of marriage, we will find that the marriage rate grows across the year in general regardless of the nationalities; however, the rate holds down in August for all nationalities and then climbs gradually till falling down again in August and November. The marriage contracts rise again towards the end of the year for all nationalities, especially in December 2012, as previously mentioned.

Volatility

Looking at the 2012 divorce rate by month, we will notice a volatile number of divorce certificates registered with Dubai Courts. During this period, the number of divorces among Emirates and non-Emirates witnessed several drops and repeated rises. However, the divorce rate among Emirati couples fell in June and July while the highest divorce rate among Emirati couples was recorded in May. Divorce figures among non-Emiraties recorded the lowest rate in August with 32 divorce certificates while the highest divorce rate was recorded in December with 59 divorce certificates.

Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) praised the excellent and tangible cooperation of Dubai Courts, supporting the statistics works in Dubai. Dubai Courts are one of the first entities to be electronically linked with DSC. Data from Dubai Courts flows regularly into the central database of Dubai Courts and is characterized with a high level of accuracy and reliability according to the adopted statistical standards.

Nationality-based Divorce Rate 2011-2012

Nationality-based Marriage Rate 2011-2012

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