DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates President H H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday issued a law implementing compulsory military service for Emirati men.
The state WAM news agency said the President had issued the federal law, which was published in the official gazette. The UAE had first said in January that it would introduce the law.
“The issuing of the law comes with the goals of affirming the instilling of the values of loyalty, affiliation and sacrifice in the souls of the sons of homeland,” WAM said.
The law applies to all males between the ages of 18 and 30 and in good medical health.
Men who have a high school degree or its equivalent will serve nine months, while those who do not have a high school diploma will serve for two years, WAM said.
Participation for women, who can only serve for nine months, is optional and will require the approval of their legal guardians.
Military service will include training periods, military exercises and lectures on patriotism and security, WAM said, citing the law.
The London-based Inter-national Institute for Strategic Studies estimates the size of the UAE Armed Forces at 51,000, with an army of 44,000, Navy of 2,500 and Air Force of 4,500. Reuters