Mom loses custody for not speaking Arabic

The UAE’s top court stripped a non-Arab mother off her son’s custody and ordered her to hand over the eight-year-old boy to his Arab father to be with his sisters because she cannot speak Arabic, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

The mother, who was divorced a year ago, had first lost the custody for her son at a Court of First Instance before an appeals court ruled for her.

The father then appealed the verdict with the Federal Supreme Court (FSC), the highest judicial authority in the UAE.

“The FSC ruled for the father on the grounds the boy needs to speak Arabic and his mother cannot speak that language…it also ruled that the boy should live with his two sisters, who live with their father,” the Arabic language daily Al Khaleej said.

It said the boy’s sisters are aged 13 and 17 years but it did not identify the couple.