The Dubai Statistics Centre has shown that since 2009 divorce rates have increased four fold
London, UK (Pryce Warner International) May 17, 2012 – In 2011, 445 Expats got divorced in Dubai, a four fold increase from two years previous. The UAE has one of the highest divorce rates in the Muslin world.
Contributing factors included; the stress of relocating, being away from friends and family and the sense of isolation at being a dependent partner.
Briton April Hardy, a writer living in Dubai, commented: “Some wives don't or can't stay here all year round, for a multitude of reasons – kids still in school back home, elderly parents with health issues, homesickness, their own careers etc. Lots of them come and go, leaving their husbands alone for weeks or months at a time. Instead of seeing their time in Dubai as a wonderful opportunity to save for their families' futures, many people who came here before the credit crunch just fell into the habit of 'keeping up with the Joneses' where lifestyle is concerned, buying designer this and designer that. But then suddenly some were no longer in a position to pay it all back. Some did runners, some stayed and tried to work things out. But however people in these situations handled it, the stress can not have been good for any relationship."
Zoya Pasha, a British expat who works in PR in Dubai, commented: “The recession hit Dubai hard, and many people were laid off from work. Losing a job is obviously stressful and after getting used to a certain lifestyle in Dubai, it can be hard for people to live without necessities they have got used to."
By Aneil Fatania
Pryce Warner International Group
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