The rest are foreign, and young Emirati men are increasingly choosing to marry them instead.
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In the UAE, as in many Muslim countries, polygamy is sanctioned by both religion and the law.
The Marriage Fund also routinely organises mass marriages to help cut costs and reduce the burden on individual men seeking a wife.
The issue has been the focus of discussions for weeks at the Federal National Council, the country’s appointed consultative body, where members are scrambling to find a solution to what they believe could be a serious demographic problem.
“This is very worrying,” FNC member Said al-Kitbi told AFP, adding that there are now more than 175,000 Emirati women who are over 30 and unmarried.