An Emirati soldier stands guard in front of a French navy frigate on May 26, 2009 in Abu Dhabi
DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will introduce compulsory military service for young Emirati men, it said yesterday.
The state WAM news agency said the cabinet had endorsed a draft law which requires all men over the age of 18 or those who have finished high school and are under 30, to complete military training. It is optional for women. It was not immediately clear when the system would start being implemented.
Men who have finished high school will serve nine months, while those who do not have a high school diploma will serve for two years, UAE Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said on his Twitter account.
The move follows a similar decision by Qatar’s cabinet in November which approved a law to make brief military service compulsory on male Qataris between the age of 18 and 35.