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Marriage Procedure for Pakistanis and Indians

Court marriage in Dubai can be conducted between an Indian and a Pakistani regardless of caste, creed, or religion. The procedure of Dubai court marriage does away with ceremonies and rituals associated with traditional Indian and Pakistani marriages. Parties can apply to the Ministry of Justice in UAE for performance and registration of marriage, as well as a grant a marriage license.

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Step 1: Check your eligibility for Dubai court marriage.

The first step in getting married in Dubai for Pakistani and Indian couples is to check eligibility with the UAE Ministry of Justice’s Marriage Department. Once is considered an eligible candidate for court marriage in Dubai, UAE if the following conditions have been met:

  • Both contracting parties to a court marriage in Dubai don’t have living spouses during the time of submitting a marriage application
  • Both parties to the court marriage are allowed or capable of giving their valid consent (both should have a sound mind, don’t suffer from a mental disorder that makes them unfit to be parties to a marriage or have recurrent insanity attacks)
  • The bride and the groom are of legal age
  • Both parties are certified by a government health facility to be fit for procreating and producing healthy children (bride and groom should not be positive of any communicable disease)
  • Parties don’t fall within degrees of the prohibited relations. If traditions and customs of either party permit such marriage, marriage will have to be religious

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Step 2: File the notice for the intended marriage

The second step is to file the notice for the intended marriage. The notice has to include proof that at least one party to the court marriage in Dubai has a valid UAE residency. Details and supporting documents related to marital status, dwelling place, and age must be provided. The notice can be filed at the Justice Ministry’s Marriage Department where a marriage officer will put up or publish the notice for the intended marriage in the office. This is for any third party to be notified regarding the marriage intention and get the chance to object as necessary.

If a marriage officer from the Justice Ministry will uphold an objection, then marriage solemnization will be refused. Either of the applicants can file their appeal to the Ministry, but it is best to be handled by a marriage attorney in Dubai. An appeal has to be filed within the period of time specified by the marriage authorities. If an appeal has been submitted, the decision of the UAE Ministry of Justice will be considered final and binding. A marriage officer will have no other choice but to follow in accordance with the court’s judgment.

Step 3: Be on time during the set schedule for court marriage

The couple that intends to marry needs to be on time during the scheduled date for marriage, including the father of the bride and two male witnesses. The three people apart from the couple will act as the witnesses to the marriage. The three witnesses will also have to sign declarations in front of a marriage officer who’ll be countersigning the declarations. The marriage solemnization doesn’t have to be in the office of the marriage officer. It can be held in the place where the parties desire given the desired place has a reasonable distance from Dubai.

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Is it possible to conduct a Muslim marriage between an Indian and a Pakistani in Dubai?

Yes, a Pakistani and Indian couple can have a Muslim marriage in Dubai. Here are the legal requirements applicable for all Muslim marriages in the emirate:

  • A marriage contract has to be registered with a UAE Sharia court
  • Both parties must be of legal age, which is currently set by local authorities at eighteen (parties below the legal age are to secure the approval of a judge by submitting a request)
  • The age of the spouse shouldn’t be twice the age of the other person unless a judge has given his approval
  • Premarital health certificate (parties don’t have any communicable disease)
  • Couple’s attendance during the ceremony
  • Father of the bride’s attendance or the proxy
  • Attendance of two Muslim witnesses (male)
  • Widowed or divorced women are to provide proof of marital status
  • Brother of the bride can take the place of the father provided the bride’s father has passed away
  • For a Muslim bride that doesn’t have a Muslim family, a NOC or No Objection Certification has to be furnished
  • Confirmation that parties don’t fall within degrees of the prohibited relations with each other
  • Passport size photographs (must be colored and recent)
  • Affidavits of parties in relation to present marital status and date of birth

To know more about court marriage in Dubai for Pakistani and Indian couples, call us here in Dubai Court Marriage today!

Hazim Darwish Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on 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.