ABU DHABI // The Marriage Fund is encouraging Emirati parents to marry their children to other UAE nationals, the FNC heard yesterday.
Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, chairwoman of the fund and a Minister of State, wrote to the council in response to its concerns about Emirati men marrying foreigners.
The fund is holding lectures for parents across the country, warning them of the negative consequences of mixed marriages, Dr Al Shamsi said. Last year it increased the number of Emiratis eligible for marriage grants to anyone earning less than Dh20,000 a month.
Those earning more but supporting a family can also apply and grants are no longer taken out of recipients' pension fund. The fund is also encouraging group weddings to cut costs, Dr Al Shamsi wrote.
Ali Al Nuaimi (Ajman) was not satisfied with the minister's two-page response and asked for her to be summoned to the next session, expected on Tuesday. Salem bin Hwidan (Sharjah) also asked for her to be present.
The law that set up the fund originally required it to have a committee in every emirate but this was removed in a 2010 amendment. The minister wrote that the committees were not needed as applications were made electronically.