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How to Get Married in Dubai – Complete Guide for Expats and Nationals

The law that is practiced in the UAE is under shariah law. Marriage is considered to be a legal bond between the two people and it has great importance in every religion. People establish a relationship between husband and wife which makes them have children and continue their name.

Unmarried man and woman cannot live together

In UAE, it is wholly prohibited for the two people to live together if they are not of the same gender. Note that this rule is only for those relationships which are not your blood relations. If anyone is seen sharing a place together when the who are not married, they will be sent to the jail and if they are not the nationals of UAE, they can get deported as well. So, people need to be very careful in having terms and sharing space with those they are not related to.

Also, read – A civil marriage contract for a non-Muslim couple is issued by Abu Dhabi

Marriage- A Legal Contract

For getting married in Dubai, people need to be very considerate regarding some important things. They should first register the marriage in Dubai so that their marriage may be considered as legal otherwise It will be considered illegal which is pretty obvious now. There are a lot of people who go for court marriage in Dubai. There is nothing wrong in it but people need to make sure that all the legal requirements for the marriage are fulfilled.

1) For Muslims

Muslims can register their marriage by taking the help of court or they can also get married at home by a religious person as well.

2) For non-Muslims

Non-Muslims can get married by following their own laws and rules. They can also contact their embassy and can get married in a church as well. It will depend upon the laws of their own religion.

3) Marriage in Dubai

There are some conditions that need to be fulfilled if a person wants to get married in Dubai according to sharia and law.

4) Register Electronically

Before going to the courts in Dubai, people need to register theme by using electronic means. This can be carried out by using the website for getting married in Dubai.  You will have to fill the form online and after filling it, submit it. You will b provided with a reference id and you will have to take that reference number along when you go to the Dubai courts of the law.

5) Employment visa

One of the two parties must be having an employment or residence visa so that they can register the marriage in Dubai. National ID cards are to be brought by the spouses along with their passports. This is done in order to check whether the identity is provided by the spouses is true or not.

6) Spouse Age

The age of the spouse’s matters in Dubai and some other countries too. Also, if any of the spouses are under the age of 18, he will be needing approval from the chief justice of Personal Status Court. So, people need to take care of the age factor in getting married too. If they do not marry by taking care of the age factor, they will not be able to get their marriage registered.

Also, read – Are interfaith marriages in the Emirate of Dubai legal?

7) Premarital Medical Certificate

To check whether the couple is suffering from any disease which can pass from one person to another, the medical checkup is needed. This helps the people in getting the idea that the spouses are not suffering from any disease like thalassemia or HIV/AIDS. Like

8) Relatives

The Father of the bride along with two male witnesses are needed so that they may represent the bride. If the father of the bride is dead, the death certificate should be presented as well. This is to ensure the death of the father and another male guardian presence is made sure.

If the father of the bride is not dead but is unable to come to the wedding in person, a proxy guardian can be presented as a delegate. Note that the proxy guardian presented should have the same religion as that of the father of the bride. These all processes are really needed for Dubai marriage so you need to follow them accordingly

9) Marriage Fee

The fee structure for getting married in Dubai varied from one place to another. The marriage consultation fee starting from AED 500. In this case, you can get the advice of the Marriage Lawyers in Dubai from top law firms in Dubai. They can guide you better about all the processes if you do not know about them really.

Marriage Lawyers in Dubai

Getting better guidance should be your duty in such matters. This is because if you do not do anything in the right way, your marriage processes can be considered as illegal as well. So, to make sure that you are carrying out each and everything according to sharia and law, you must take the guidance of family lawyers in Dubai. They will help you out till you get married legally.

Hazim Darwish

Hazim Darwish, is a Senior Partner of HHS Lawyers in UAE. Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on legal drafting, contract drafting, labor disputes, family law, and regulatory compliance for business organizations. Hazim Darwish also provides counsel on legal rights and obligations in the UAE to clients, including individuals and businesses subject to investigation or prosecution under Criminal Law by major regulators.