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Steps to Get Married in UAE

The basic steps to get married in UAE vary depending on your nationality, citizenship and residency status. As per UAE law, marriage is the only legal bond for a man and a woman to establish a relationship. It is prohibited for an unmarried man and woman to live together or share a closed space in UAE.

Marriage in every country is a legal contract between a man and a woman, aimed at safeguarding the rights of the future couple. The marriage contract should be registered in the UAE, which ensures that the marriage meets legal requirements. For non-Muslim marriages, couples should contact their respective lawyers to follow the marriage laws applicable there. Specific conditions to marry is UAE is explained in four basic steps below.

Step 1: Approval of both the parties

Both the parties should freely consent to the marriage.

A premarital medical certificate for future spouses should be produced. The medical screening provides 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.

Parties should meet the prescribed age to get married as per law. Both parties should be mature enough to understand the legal implications of marriage.

At least one of the parties to the marriage should have valid permission to stay within the country.

Essential factors in getting married may vary from Emirate to Emirate.


Step 2: Attendance of the couple

Both the couple is required to be present on the scheduled date of marriage.

The presence of the bride’s father or his proxy is required.: For a woman to get married, she needs the consent of her guardian. In case if the father of the bride is dead, the presence of the next closest male guardian (closest kin such as a brother, uncle or cousin) is required.

No objection letter: If the bride is Muslim and her father is not, she needs a ‘No Objection’ letter from the relevant authority. 

Marriage Requirements For Non-Muslim Expats in UAE

Step 3: Registration

Marriage contract needs to be registered for initiating a marriage in UAE. Marriage Islam are solemnized according to UAE laws which apply in the following cases where either one or both parties are Muslim, regardless of the nationality

  • Where the bride and groom are Muslim
  • Where the groom is a Muslim and the bride are a non-Muslim
  • Under UAE law Muslim man to marry a non-Muslim woman. But a Muslim woman has to submit a valid proof of conversion.


Step 4: Approval of the marriage certificate

Future couples have to make sure that UAE law recognizes the marriage. Marriage is a legal contract between a man and woman which t needs to be registered under relevant authority in UAE. Matrimonial status is legally valid when it’s approved by a competent court.

HHS lawyers and legal consultants provide you a detail & comprehensive assessment of your marriage procedures. Our Marriage Lawyers in Dubai can guide you through step by step procedures of marriage laws Our court marriage Lawyers capable of delivering quality and result oriented services on behalf of our clients. You can book your consultation for further details.

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.