UAE judicial department acknowledges ‘Hindi’ as third official language

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The United Arab Emirates introduced “Hindi” language as the country’s third official language. The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has on Sunday acknowledged “Hindi” as a third national official language after Arabic and English, respectively as first and second.

According to ANI news reports, while praising the decision offered by the UAE court, the external minister of India Sushma Swaraj, took it to Twitter, and wrote: “We thank Abu Dhabi for declaring Hindi as one of the official languages in their judicial system. This will make the justice delivery system simpler and more accessible to our people.”

Indians have formed the largest immigrant community in the UAE with about more than three million Indian living in Dubai. The decision undertaken by the judicial department will further benefit the major group of workers in that country who mostly used to speak the Hindi language as they come from regions of central and north India.

Also, the Indian workers could now file their complaints in the UAE courts in their own mother tongue language. The complaints then can be over-issued related to the delayed wages, notice periods and annual leaves, end of services entitlements, compensations for arbitrary layoffs, also claims for air tickets.

While addressing on the court’s decision, undersecretary of the ADJD Yousuf Saeed Al Abri said the move which was undertaken was done so that the judicial system of the UAE could play a role in attracting foreign investments and also bolstering Abu Dhabi to become an attractive business destination for investors, especially for a skilled workforce.

Al Abri added: “The adoption of multilingual interactive forms for claim sheets, grievances, and request, aims to promote judicial services in line with the Plan Tomorrow 2021, and increase the transparency of litigation procedures through the provision of bilingual forms which allow foreigners to know the litigation procedures, their rights, and duties without a language barriers.”


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