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Marriage in Dubai

Marriage in Dubai

Updated on Tuesday 09th January 2018

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Marriage-in-Dubai.jpgThe Sharia Law applies to Muslims who want to get married not only in the Emirates but also worldwide. Furthermore, in agreement with the same law, it is well known that Islam is against celibacy, and couples can live together in any Arab country only if a marriage is registered in this matter. Moreover, the rules of marriage differ for nationals, foreigners, or citizens of a different kind of religion, the latter ones being obliged to convert to Islam in order to get married. Our lawyers in Dubai can explain both nationals and foreigners all the legal aspects related to marriage in the UAE.

The marriage of Muslims in Dubai

Muslim couples in Dubai make their union official through a Sharia court in the UAE. The Penal Code prohibits an unmarried man and a woman to live together and this act is punishable by law. The marriage should be registered electronically before the couples go to a Dubai Court. At least one of the spouses must have a residence visa in the UAE. They both must perform pre-marital medical tests and obtain a pre-marriage certificate from a Dubai governmental clinic. Other documents which must be provided are:
- their ID cards,
- insurance cards,
- passport photos,
- other documents, if requested.
Our attorneys in Dubai can provide complete services for those interested in knowing more about the Sharia law or the Civil Law in Dubai.

Marriage for non-Muslims in Dubai

Foreigners living and working in Dubai can also get married there if they wish so. A common situation is for Muslim men to marry Christian women. In order for a Christian to be able to wed a Muslim, the Christian has to convert to Islam first.Two individuals can get married at a Dubai Court if at least one of them is Muslim and both are residents of the UAE. In order for the marriage to take place, at least one of the spouses must have a UAE residence visa. The medical examination before the wedding is also mandatory and the parties will also need to provide documents like their birth certificates and original passports and copies of the residence visas.
For more information about marriage officials in Dubai who perform marriage ceremonies and draw up the marriage contract, you may solicit support and information from our Dubai lawyers. Our team is able to assist you during the marriage procedure and they can recommend you also a wedding planner specialist who can help you organize your ceremony.

Rules for newly converted women to Islam

Once the conversion to Islam from another type of religion successfully took place, women in Dubai should respect the conditions linked to this new status, at the moment of the marriage. It is mandatory to present the certificate which states the Islamic religion. This is an important document issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments. Women who convert to Islam outside the UAE are suggested to translate the certificate into the Arabic language and to send it for approval to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to proceed with the marriage in Dubai.

How marriage certificates are ratified in Dubai

The marriage between Muslims or non-Muslims in Dubai or the entire UAE is held by officers named Maazoons who must be authorized in this matter. Keep in mind that the matrimonial status can only be accredited by a competent judge from the chosen city for this kind of event. Once the fee is paid, the application is examined, and the decision is made upon the marriage in Dubai. Only after these steps, a certificate is issued by the authorities in charge.
We invite you to contact our law firm in Dubai for comprehensive information about how to get married in Dubai and about the related legislation.


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