The UAE has appointed its first-ever female judge in a move that "underlines the government's commitment to engage women", according to state news agency Wam.
President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, appointed Kholoud Ahmed Juwan Al Dhahiri as a primary judge at the Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department.
Adviser Sultan Saeed Al Badi, undersecretary of judiciary department in Abu Dhabi, said that the decree "reflects [the] care of the government to involve woman in the comprehensive development process".
Al Dhahiri thanked the UAE leadership for their confidence in her, noting that "there will be focused on her to gauge success of women in the judiciary field".
Al Dhahiri holds a Bachelor in Shariah and Law from UAE University and has been a lawyer for eight years. She is now studying for a MA in Law from UAE University.
UAE appoints its first woman judge