The UAE approves mandatory military service law

The UAE approves mandatory military service law

To "boost national spirit to meet future challenges"

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This week, the UAE's Federal National Council (FNC) approved the new law to bring in compulsory national and reserve service for all Emirati males between the ages of 18 and 30

The law, which was first announced by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai - back in January - aims to form a national reserve force made up of youth whom are said "to defend the country, its borders, achievements, as well as strengthen youth allegiance to the country, upgrade their sense of duty and participation".

On Tuesday, the FNC discussed eight articles of the draft law and completed all discussions of the 44 articles on Wednesday.

According to the federal draft law, the protection of UAE, its independence and sovereignty represent a sacred national duty to each Emirati.

According to the draft law, the plans are intended to "polish youth personalities and boost national spirit to meet future challenges".

The news follows earlier reports this month that Qatar's Emir has issued a similar law to make national service compulsory for males aged 18 to 35. The law stated that citizens who don't follow the mandatory service, will not be able to be employed for roles in the government and non-government sectors.

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