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UAE to end censorship of cinematic releases

United Arab Emirates to end censorship of cinematic releases

Key Takeaway:

  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that it would no longer censor movies released in cinemas.
  • Instead of cutting sensitive scenes that can offend traditional Islamic sensibilities, the Emirati Media Regulatory Authority will introduce a new 21 age category for viewers.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that it would no longer censor movies released in cinemas, its latest effort to boost as a liberal hub attractive to foreigners.

UAE announced that it will not censor movies released in cinemas. Image: dailythanthi

Instead of cutting sensitive scenes that can offend traditional Islamic sensibilities, the Emirati Media Regulatory Authority will introduce a new 21 age category for viewers.

“The movies will be screened in cinemas as per their international version,” the authority said in a Twitter post.

Like elsewhere in the Middle East, Censors in the UAE have long removed scenes in cinematic releases that show nudity, homosexuality, sex, and other content deemed inappropriate, sometimes leading to plot holes.

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Foreigners outnumber the public nearly nine to one in the federation of seven sheikhdoms. The diversity of religion and culture in the tourism-dependent country has been at odds with its Islamic traditions and laws.

But that’s changing as the nation encourages its socially liberal environment to attract foreign workers. The government has again formed its Islamic legal code, and next year it will change its weekend to Saturday-Sunday to align with the Western businesses and markets.

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