In a first of its kind incident a Dubai based girl has requested the UAE court to allow her to chage her sex as she is a man trapped in a woman's body.
According to media reports, the girl has also undergone several medical test that claimed that her testosterone levels are similar to that of a man.
The UAE courts may consider allowing a person to change gender after the Medical Liability Law was issued last month.
Media reports have quoted the lawer of the girl Ali Mohammed Al Mansouri as saying that "she has always struggled with the gender she appears to be. She told me that from the age of five she used to play with boys and enjoy male oriented games."
My client was struggling with anxiety and depression, he added.
"She has been undergoing psychological therapy since 2012.
The lawyer said: "In the beginning, I rejected the case when my client contacted. However, I accepted the case when she proved her medical condition and described her psychological situation. And the medical experts we went to have recommended that she undergo a sex change operation."
The new law, published in the UAE's official gazette earlier this month, states: "The surgical procedure by which a transgender person's physical appearance and function of their existing sexual characteristics are altered to resemble that of their identified gender is permitted, if it is part of a treatment for gender dysphoria in transgender people, as advised by a medical commission to be set up for this purpose."
The hearing was adjourned to September 28.