What are the requirements for an expat marriage in the UAE?h


Expats in the UAE can marry in a court, temple, or church, regardless of their nationality, origin, or religion. Muslims can have their marriages performed in Sharia Courts or at home with the help of a religious person. Although this process; might seem a bit tedious; the right support and guidance can make this process move a lot faster.

Whether you are looking for a simple paperwork wedding or a dream wedding; our expert team can help you get married easily.

Basic prerequisites for a successfully expat marriage

Before couples take the plunge to get married in Dubai and other emirates; it is important that they meet these guidelines of getting married here.

  • The bride’s approval
  • To get married in Dubai, at least one party to the marriage contract (husband, wife, or wife’s guardian) must have a residency visa in the UAE
  • Both the bride and groom must be UAE residents in other emirates.
  • A satisfactory pre-marital screening certificate is issued by the concerned public healthcare institutes in the UAE for the couple.

Other documents required to submit by expats

Irrespective of your country of residence; mentioned below are the list of documents required to be submitted by expats.

  • Original and copies of the groom’s and bride’s passports;
  • Birth certificate; original
  • copies of Emirates ID;
  • Certificates of pre-marriage medical tests;
  • A certificate of marital status specifies whether the certificate holder is unmarried, divorced, or widowed. An authenticated certificate of marital status must be Arabized or translated into Arabic. Experts who provide UAE attestation services can provide information on attestation of a certificate of marital status.

If the person has never been married, he or she can fill out an affidavit and have it notarized by the embassy.

Conclusion to an expat marriage in the UAE

Based on the parties’ nationality or religion, laws might differ which is why it is critical for a couple to speak with marriage lawyers or wedding specialist that are based in the UAE for more precise guidance.

The final step is done legally with two witnesses if the requirements have been completed and the application for marriage has been presented to a local court. The marriage certificate will be issued a few days after the ceremony.

If you are expat living in the UAE and struggling with your paperwork; do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

Author: florian

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