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Understanding the New UAE Fertility Laws

As the UAE strives to modernize its legal framework to meet the diverse needs of its residents, we take a look at the most recent and significant changes in fertility legislation.

IVF for Unmarried, Non-Muslim Couples: A Landmark Decision

In a groundbreaking move, the UAE now allows unmarried, non-Muslim couples to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures within the country. However, a crucial condition applies – both partners must register the child under their names to safeguard the child’s rights and lineage.

Expanding Surrogacy Rights: A New Horizon

This legal overhaul has removed a restrictive clause that once hindered couples from seeking the assistance of a surrogate mother. This significant amendment empowers individual emirates to regulate surrogacy rules as they deem fit.

Regulating Assisted Reproduction

The new regulations extend beyond IVF and surrogacy to cover the preservation of embryos and eggs. Previously, embryo freezing was prohibited in the UAE, but this is no longer the case. Now, eggs and embryos can be preserved for up to 5 years, with potential extensions based on written requests from spouses. While the UAE has made significant strides in fertility law, some restrictions persist. Using a sperm donor other than the husband or an egg donor other than the wife remains illegal.

Al Kabban & Associates – Your Legal Partner

The UAE’s efforts to update its laws, especially in the realm of fertility, underscore the nation’s commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and responsiveness to the evolving needs of its populace. In a world where family planning and assisted reproduction play an increasingly significant role, these legal changes are crucial in ensuring the well-being of all UAE residents.

At Al Kabban & Associates, we stand ready to assist you with expert legal counsel and guidance in navigating the intricacies of these progressive fertility laws. Contact us today to discuss your specific situation and how these changes may affect you.

Tags: Fertility Laws, UAE Law Updates, IVF, Legal News


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