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Marriage Requirements For Non-Muslim Expats in UAE

Marriage requirements for expat Non-Muslim go by sharia law in UAE. The rules and procedures vary depending on the nationality or religion. People with different religion may face some challenges.  If a nonresident, still want to exchange vows in UAE then both the parties should follow a few legal requirements as per UAE laws. Moreover, the rules of marriage differ for nationals, foreigners, or citizens of a different kind of religion. In order for the marriage to take place both the parties must follow a few legalities as mentioned in this article.

Pre-marital general requirements

The following are the general requirements for a marriage to take place:

  • Approval of the bride
  • In Dubai, at least one party to the marriage contract (husband, wife or wife’s guardian) should have valid permission to stay in the UAE.
  • Both parties must undergo a medical examination from public healthcare facilities in the UAE.

Pre martial medical certificate

A premarital medical certificate for future spouses that can provide the medical status of both parties. This kind of certificate normally mentions that the persons looking to get married do not suffer from any diseases. This certificate is issued from any public health care facilities in Dubai

General conditions to get married in UAE  

There are several conditions and requirements to get married in Dubai, and it is important to respect the applicable laws in this city and in the UAE. Foreigners and locals wanting to marry in Dubai should meet all the requirements in this matter, among which, the following are quite important:

  • The marriage of two persons of the same gender is prohibited in the UAE.
  • A marriage needs to be legally registered in order to be considered.
  • Non-Muslim persons can get married in the UAE with respect to the rules of their country.

Legal requirements for non-Muslim expats

Before getting married it is advisable for expats to check with their respective lawyers about the rules and regulation. If an expat that are not citizens of the UAE the following guidelines apply:

  • Couple must have a valid permit to stay within the country as long enough to get their marriage documents ready.
  • Both the male and female who are getting married must be of a valid age (matured enough to understand the marriage implication).
  • Both male and female who wanted to get married should not be related by blood relation
  • Present two witnesses with proper identification documents

Approval of marriage certificates

For a marriage to be valid in UAE it must be authorized by relevant authorities.  matrimonial status can only be accredited by a competent court. 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.

Rejection of marriage application

An application for marriage may be rejected if the medical results show that the bride or groom is not medically fit to get married.

Special provisions for non-Muslim marriages

For non-Islamic marriages, the procedure varies depending on each spouse’s nationality.

  • Non-Muslim couples are no longer allowed to get married at UAE Court.
  • A Muslim man, however, can get married to a non-Muslim woman in UAE Court, while a Muslim woman is prohibited from getting married to a non-Muslim in the UAE.

Non-Muslims can conclude marriage formalities as per their religions.

Some countries seven require their citizens to file an application of intention to marry. You should ensure to carry out each and every procedure as per sharia and law, you may also seek the guidance of family lawyers in Dubai. They will help you out till you get married legally.

Our Marriage lawyers provide expert advice on court marriage procedures for non-muslim expats in UAE. For a consultation contact us.

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.