Abu Dhabi adds Hindi as third official language to its court system

Last Updated: Feb 11 2019 13:33
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The largest, wealthiest, and most powerful of the seven shaykhdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE); also, the capital city.

According to the officials and multiple sources, The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department on Saturday said the move was aimed at providing foreigners better access to justice, without a language barrier.

Yousef Saeed Al Abri, an undersecretary of the judicial department, “The adoption of multilingual interactive forms for claim sheets, grievances and requests, aims to promote judicial services in line with the plan ‘Tomorrow 2021’, and increase the transparency of litigation procedures,”

Al Abri explained that the adoption of new languages comes as part of the bilingual litigation system, the first phase of which was launched in November 2018, through the adoption of procedures requiring the plaintiffs to translate case documents in civil and commercial lawsuits into English, if the defendant is a foreigner.

Indians account for 38 per cent of the population.

PTI reported Immigrants make up at least two-thirds of the five-million population of the United Arab Emirates. The Indian community in the UAE constitutes 30% of the total population.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf.

Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.

Here's what you need to know before you go...

1. What to wear

If you’re a female visiting Abu Dhabi, clothing that covers your shoulders and your legs from your knees should be worn whilst visiting public places like shopping malls. Beachwear is perfectly fine at public beaches and at hotels and resorts.

2. The best time to visit

Abu Dhabi has sunshine all year round, however it gets uncomfortably hot during the summer months. Between October and May is the best time to visit. During this period the weather is pleasant with sunshine and warm, comfortable temperatures.

3. No PDAs

Public displays of affection are not permitted in Abu Dhabi. Holding hands is tolerated, but anything more than that may be offensive to locals and could get you into trouble with the law. The police do not patrol the city looking for people who are kissing in public.

More useful phrases in Arabic for business meetings

as-salaamu 3alaykom :    Greetings / Peace be upon you.

Kayf Haalak?/ Kayf Haalik? (f)     How are you?

Shukran :  Thank you

tafaDDal / tafaDDalee (f)    A useful phrase which can be used to ask someone to enter the room, sit down, begin eating, accept something and so on. Literally: Be so kind as….

furSa sa3eeda :    Nice to meet you (literally: an opportunity – a lucky one).

tasharrafna :   Also used as ‘nice to meet you’ (literally: we have been honoured). Respond with the same.

min faDlak: please

ana bi nafs ra’yak.:    I agree / I am of the same opinion.

yasurrunee dhaalik. :    A pleasure for me.

ya …     A polite way to address your business partner (e.g. ya Ahmed, ya Robert).

ashkurak 3ala da3awtak.  :  I thank you for the invitation.