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06 December 2023

FNC approves draft maritime law for UAE


The Federal National Council (FNC) in its seventh session on Tuesday reviewed a written reply from Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, to a motion raised by the FNC member Sultan Saqr Al Suwaidi, on the government's plan to address the demographic structure defect as per the government vision for 2021.

The council also approved the draft federal law on "maritime law" following a discussion and slight review of its 433 articles with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, Chairman of the National Transport Authority and Chairman of the National Media Council.

FNC recommended more emphasis on judges training in the field of maritime law, and enacting bylaws of the draft law to be ready when the law comes effective. Sheikh Hamdan confirmed that the executive regulations were ready and would be shortly submitted to the Cabinet.

The draft maritime law aims at boosting local and foreign trade, as well as, preserving environment, ensuring ships and lives safety, and development of efficient modern fleet. It also created a penal code.

In the beginning of on Tuesday's session, which was also attended by Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, FNC Speaker Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ghurair briefed the session on the meetings of the 13th session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)-member states (PUOICM) and PUOICM second extraordinary meeting held last week in Abu Dhabi.

Al Ghurair also expressed his thanks to the wise leadership and government for their support to the Federal National Council to host those successful meetings.