Countries with the Highest Divorce Rates

Aug 8, 2012 by

Money might be the cure for many problems in life but it appears divorce isn’t one of them. If it was, the divorce rate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would not be around 40 percent today, a number that rivals other nations with extreme high divorce rates in the world.

The UAE is a federation of seven states situated in the Arabian Peninsula. The seven UAE member states are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah and together they possess one of the most developed economies in the world. To put it more simply, the UAE member states are some of the richest nations in the world and if their citizens cannot cope with the pressures of marriage, it is not for a lack of money.

The new divorce statistic is the result of a recent study conducted by the Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation and President of the UAE Women’s Federation in cooperation with UNICEF and the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood. The statistics show that the 40 percent divorce rate poses a serious challenge to the government due to the negative impacts on children and family bonds. It is hoped the study will assist in maintaining an ongoing database to analyze child growth and development in the UAE. The researchers also hope the study will allow government officials to implement new development programs to benefit all levels of society in the entire Gulf region.

According to the study, the UAE has made significant progress in many areas like reducing maternal mortality rates, creating awareness campaigns, and setting up new health centers, hospitals and clinics. Better medical attention for pregnant women in particular has contributed to a large improvement in healthcare and there has never been a reported maternal death in the UAE since 2004.

The UAE appears to have has achieved its goals related to maternal health but the study did find two areas that still need work despite the area’s affluent economic status. The report indicated that tobacco consumption among children and adolescents still needs attention and the 40 percent divorce rate could be a lot lower too. The misfortunes of others are never anything to gloat about, but the situation does show that money is certainly not the answer to all of life’s problems.


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