Divorce & Money Problems
Even though Dubai is one of the top financial cities in the world, the wealthy UAE emirate is not unaffected by the many woes of modern society. Dubai’s rising divorce rate has been a cause for concern as more than one fifth of marriages in the tiny 1,500 square mile country ended up in divorce last year, according to the figures released by the Dubai Statistics Center. Reports in the Dubai Media early last year were optimistic when the statistics showed that divorce rate dropped in the first quarter of the year while the number of marriages increased. At the time, it was reported that the decline in the divorce rate pointed to a strengthening of family values and bonds despite the recent financial turmoil when Dubai experienced a major downturn in 2009 as a result of the slowing economic climate.
By the end of the year, the landscape of divorce in Dubai had changed, and when it became apparent that the true rate of divorce had actually gone up, the media began to report that divorces were rising in Dubai primarily due to financial problems leading to a greater degree of discontentment among married couples. Media reports noted that the times were times were changing in Dubai and so were the concepts of love, marriage and divorce. Studies showed that financial problems were the main concern for many couples struggling to balance home and work. Other reasons for the increased divorce rate included the usual litany of modern marriage problems including poor communication, lack of commitment, infidelity, changes in priorities, substance abuse, physical abuse, and poor conflict resolution skills.
Despite the early optimism, it appears the problems of life in the modern era are visited upon all nations and societies regardless of location or culture. Not surprisingly, the evidence shows the incidence of divorce in Dubai has risen right along with the financial stress caused by economic problems.