Draft laws on Tourism Council, Fertility Centre, expat bodies

ABU DHABI — The Federal National Council (FNC) has approved a federal draft law on the establishment of the Federal Council for Tourism and Antiquities.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Wed 4 Jul 2007, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:58 AM

The nod for promulgating the law was given yesterday at a meeting which was presided over by the Speaker Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair.

Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for FNC Affairs, and Bilal Al Bidoor, Assistant Under Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Society Welfare, also attended the session.

According to the draft law, antiquity is any fixed or movable thing such as a building, sculpture or anything written, drawn or an image.

Antiquity also means anything that was formed naturally in the UAE at least one hundred years ago, or had been unearthed and discovered within the borders of the country. Such object are precious and unique as long as they are of historical, artistic, scientific, literary or religious value.

The law has identified antiquity as any object that has natural, architectural, constructional value or any other characteristic of positive benefits for mankind.

It is also identified as any thing that constitutes a feature of civilised progress for the country.

Under the law, human remains, animal and plant fossils whose history is prior to 600 BC is regarded as of rare and unique value.

A prolonged debate took place during the session among the members on specifying antiquity between 50 and 100 years. Eventually antiquity was defined as anything not less than 100 years.

The newly-established council will be liable for revival, promoting and boosting tourism inside and outside the country, the law said.

The FNC also approved the draft federal law on licensing of fertility centres in the country.

The law stipulates that any person who establishes fertilisation centre in the state without obtaining a licence from the Ministry of Health or runs it without complying with the conditions and terms of the ministry would be sentenced to jail and fined.

Another federal law was approved by FNC on expatriate community associations. Under the law, these associations have been asked to adhere to the laws and never deviate from their charter of activities. Dr Mariam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, addressing the session said foreign community associations should not meddle in issues that violate the state security or foment sectarian, communal, racial or religious disputes. “Two community associations that cater to major expatriates population in the country have been ordered to be shut down for breaching their by-laws, Dr Al Roumi said without disclosing the names of the two organisations.

The FNC session, which started at 10am continued until 8.10pm yesterday. Dr Gargash

expressed his reservation over such a long session of the the FNC. This approach, he said, will not help concentrate on important draft laws. It needs a clear mind to take appropriate decisions. Dr Maryiam Al Roumi agreed with Dr Ghargash’s opinion to resume the session on Wednesday morning.

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