A fast-tracked law requiring young Emirati men to sign up for military service could be in force as soon as the end of the year.

The bill was drafted last month by the federal Cabinet on the orders of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, and has already been sent to the Federal National Council for amendments and debate.

At the FNC session on March 4 the bill will be passed to the council’s eight-member Interior and Defence Committee for review before a public debate.