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Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - United Arab Emirates

Publisher Child Soldiers International
Publication Date 2001
Cite as Child Soldiers International, Child Soldiers Global Report 2001 - United Arab Emirates, 2001, available at: [accessed 24 May 2016]
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Mainly covers the period June 1998 to April 2001 as well as including some earlier information.

  • Population:
    – total: 2,398,000
    – under-18s: 811,000
  • Governmental armed forces:
    – active: 65,000
  • Compulsory recruitment age: no conscription2001
  • Voluntary recruitment age: unknown
  • Voting age (government elections): unknown
  • Child soldiers: unknown
  • CRC-OP-CAC: not signed
  • Other treaties ratified: CRC; GC/API+II; ILO 138
  • It is not known if there are under-18s in government armed forces due to lack of information on minimum voluntary recruitment age.


National Recruitment Legislation and Practice

Conscription has never existed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).2002 As a reaction to the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, there were proposals to introduce reservist training, but this has yet to materialise. The minimum age for voluntary recruitment is not known. Foreign volunteers form at least 30 per cent of the armed forces of the UAE.2003

2001 Brett and McCallin, op. cit.

2002 State Department, Persian Gulf States-Area Handbook, Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1993.

2003 Ibid.

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