Planning to tie the knot in the UAE? Great decision! Home to some of the most beautiful cities on Earth, this Middle Eastern oasis is as glamorous a wedding destination as they come.
However, being up-to-date with all the legal procedures of getting married in the UAE is as important as any other aspect of planning your wedding.
In the UAE, all the laws are founded and based on the Islamic religion legal system known as Sharia Law. The Sharia Law not only regulates all the legal aspects of the marriage, but also the laws pertaining to a man and woman living together. In the UAE, men and women are prohibited by law from living together unless they’re married or are family members. Only marriage provides them the right to share a space together, build a family, and have the rights of their children protected.
The Requirements of Getting Married in the UAE for Expats
Like in any other country, getting married in the UAE requires you to follow a set of legal procedures. These procedures mainly depend on the couple’s citizenship, residency status, and even nationality. There are certain documents that are required and some that are required to be attested.
In order to be eligible for legally getting married in the UAE, the couple must both be at least 18 years of age. Secondly, they’re required to have two witnesses with valid IDs.
Embassies and churches have many requirements depending upon the factors we’ve mentioned above (citizenship, nationality, etc.). Nevertheless, below is a list of the usual documents they require:
- Attested birth certificates of the couple
- Original passports as well as photocopies
- Medical fitness certificate
- The death certificate of the previous spouse, if one or both the parties are widowed.
- The final divorce papers and marriage certificates if one or both of the parties are divorcees
It’s important to note that some countries ask couples who wish to marry in the UAE to submit an intention to marry application.
The procedure is somewhat different for Muslim expats who wish to get married in the UAE. The following requirements need to be prepared by couples:
- At least one of the parties need to have a valid employment or residence visa of the UAE
- the national IDs of both the parties
- visa status of the couple
- passports of the couple
- pre-marriage medical certificate
Another important point to note is that Muslim women need to have a guardian and two male witnesses. They’re not allowed to represent themselves.
Legalizing Your Marriage in the UAE
If you’re an expat in the UAE who’s looking to obtain a residence visa for your spouse, you’ll be required to present a copy of your marriage certificate that’s attested by your home government, among other documents.
Whether you need your birth certificate or your marriage certificate attested in Dubai or, you need your degree attested or require Apostille services, BenchMark is a full-range attestation service provider that offers everything. Just reach out! Get in touch with us online or call at 052 888 4714.