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Dubai-Marriage Requirements


Legal Require­ments for Get­ting Mar­ried in the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE)

Allot­ted time:

Allow at least 0–42 days from arrival in the United Arab Emi­rates to wed­ding date for pro­cess­ing paper­work (21 day stay is required prior to declar­ing your Inten­tion to Marry pre­ceded by another 21 days to post Wed­ding Banns, unless a Cer­tifi­cate of No Imped­i­ment has already been obtained in your home coun­try). We rec­om­mend giv­ing your­self more time due to prepa­ra­tion, week­ends, hol­i­days or unex­pected delays.

Nec­es­sary legal documents:

  • Cer­ti­fied copy of birth cer­tifi­cates and photocopies
  • Valid Pass­ports
  • Cer­tifi­cate of no Impediment*/Affidavit Declar­ing that you are free to marry (obtained at your Embassy in the UAE or prior to your trip, from the UAE Embassy in your res­i­dent country)
  • Divorce or death cer­tifi­cates, if applicable
  • UAE Med­ical Fit­ness Cer­tifi­cate and blood tests from Min­istry of Health affil­i­ated gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals and med­ical clin­ics (eas­ily obtained in Dubai).
  • Philip­pine Cit­i­zens only: you will need a CENOMAR Document.
  • For a Mus­lim wed­ding only: Valid UAE res­i­dence visas (if you are not citizens)
  • Some places of wor­ship may require addi­tional doc­u­men­ta­tion. It is rec­om­mended to con­tact the offi­ciant prior to leav­ing on your trip, if applicable

Legal require­ments to get married:

  • Cer­e­mony (Civil/Religious)

Reli­gious cer­e­monies and cer­e­monies under the Sharia law in the courts are legally rec­og­nized wed­dings per­formed in the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE). Civil cer­e­monies are not offered.

It is eas­i­est to get mar­ried if the bride and groom are the same reli­gion, Chris­t­ian, Mus­lim, etc. In some cases, cou­ples may be able to get mar­ried at their respec­tive embassy. It is best to con­tact your embassy as require­ments for Dubai mar­riages vary.

Chris­t­ian Weddings:

Most Chris­t­ian churches will only marry a cou­ple if the bride and groom are both Christian.

UK cit­i­zens will need to post wed­ding banns at the embassy and wait at least 3 weeks to col­lect these banns.

US cit­i­zens are required to be mar­ried by a pastor.

Indian cit­i­zens may marry at their embassy.

Islamic Mar­riages:

Bride and groom required to go to the Mar­riage Sec­tion of the Dubai Court.  If the groom is Mus­lim and the bride is not, notify the . If the bride is Mus­lim and the groom is not, the groom must con­vert to Islam prior to marriage.

  • Age and Relation

In gen­eral, the bride and groom must be at least 18 years of age. Ages vary accord­ing to reli­gion.  The cou­ple can­not be related.

  • Wit­nesses

Two wit­nesses over 18 years of age must be present for the cer­e­mony and pro­vide pass­ports and pho­to­copies of pass­ports. For Mus­lim wed­dings, these must be two male wit­nesses, as well as the bride’s father, guardian or his attorney.

  • Reg­istry

Take all paper­work and pho­to­copies to the wed­ding cer­e­mony. In most cases, you will marry first and reg­is­ter after.

How­ever, you will first need to obtain a Cer­tifi­cate of No Imped­i­ment. To save time, you can aquire this from the UAE Embassy before leav­ing on your trip. If you have not done this, note that after at least one party needs to stay in the UAE for at least 21 days prior to pro­ceed­ing. Once you have ful­filled res­i­dency require­ments, take all your paper­work to your Embassy in the UAE. At the Embassy, you will declare your Inten­tion to Marry, swear an oath, and Wed­ding Banns will be posted for any addi­tional 21 days, pend­ing objections.

Pro­ceed­ing the wed­ding cer­e­mony, take your entry in the church reg­istry to the Dubai Courts, the Min­istry of Jus­tice, and the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs. Finally bring it to your Embassy for authentication.

Impor­tant: Note that not all coun­tries legally rec­og­nize a mar­riage con­ducted in the United Arab Emi­rates. Please check with your Embassy prior to plan­ning your elope­ment or des­ti­na­tion wed­ding in the UAE.

Mar­riage certificate:

  • If mar­ried in an Eng­lish speak­ing church, the Eng­lish mar­riage cer­tifi­cate will need to be trans­lated to Ara­bic by a court approved trans­la­tor. These two cer­tifi­cates must be sub­mit­ted to the Notary Pub­lic Office at the Dubai Courts. UAE Res­i­dence visas may apply.
  • For Mus­lim wed­dings, the Mar­riage Sec­tion of the Dubai Court will process a mar­riage license.
  • To cer­tify a mar­riage cer­tifi­cate, issued from the court or church, each step requires authen­ti­ca­tion in this order; Min­istry of Jus­tice, then the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs and finally the bride and groom’s respec­tive embassy(s). The embassy will ensure that the mar­riage is valid in the couple’s home country(s).

*A Cer­tifi­cate of No Imped­i­ment, is also known as a Sin­gle Sta­tus Affi­davit, Sin­gle Sta­tus Statu­tory Dec­la­ra­tion, Cer­tifi­cate of No Record,  a Cer­tifi­cate of Legal Capac­ity to Con­tract Mar­riage, Cer­tifi­cate of Nulla Osta or a Cer­tifi­cate de cou­tume (plus an MP2A form).

Note: This infor­ma­tion can change at any given moment. For up-to-date infor­ma­tion, con­tact your embassy in the coun­try in which you plan to marry.

We invite you to con­tact us with any new infor­ma­tion. Be sure to note, “Update Mar­riage Require­ments in Dubai” in the sub­ject line.

The mar­riage sec­tion of Dubai Courts Tel: +971 4 334 7777 or Shari’a Court Tel: +971 4 303 0406