ABU DHABI,Nov 20 (WAM) – The average age of marriage for United Arab Emirates (UAE) males in Abu Dhabi stood at 27.2 years and at 24.2 years for females in 2016, according to a Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD) report, released recently.
A total of 5,892 marriage contracts were registered in Abu Dhabi in 2016, 70.9 per cent of which are mixed marriage contracts, 2.4 per cent down from 2015, added the report.
The month of March witnessed the highest percentage of completed marriage contracts, while June saw the lowest.
Though the number of marriage contracts registered in Abu Dhabi has been increasing by 5.8 per cent annually since 1975, the crude marriage rate decreased from 7.6 marriages per 1,000 citizens during 2016 from 7.9 marriages per 1,000 citizens in 2015.
The report shows that 58.6 per cent of Emiratis aged 15 years old and above are married, while 35.7 per cent are not, and the rest are divorced.
A total of 1,922 divorce cases were registered in Abu Dhabi in 2016, 68.3 per cent of which involve Emiratis, either males or females. Divorce among citizens reached 7.6 cases per 1,000, with the month of March witnessing the highest rate of divorce, and September seeing the lowest thereof.
According to the report, 28.2 per cent of divorce cases in 2016 did not endure one full year in wedlock and more than 50 per cent didn’t complete 3 years after marriage. (WAM) (END/2017)