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Marriage requirements for tourists in Dubai

Marriage requirements for tourists in Dubai

Dubai is considered one of the hottest destinations for tourism by people across the world. Not only this, people across the world find Dubai as a perfect place to settle down and get married to as the place provides numerous job opportunities and is also safe and secure to live in. Considering these, many expats come to visit Dubai and decide to get married and settle here after finding their soulmates here. In this article, we shall be discussing how a person can get married in the UAE when he or she is on a tourist in the country and how Dubai court marriage can help you in solemnizing the marriage of a person who has come to Dubai for tourism purposes or holds a visit visa.

Irrespective of the faith, the marriage rules in the UAE are quite simple and can be easily tackled if a marriage lawyer is consulted and all the paper works are in place. The UAE is famous for the expats who have cultural and religious freedom in the country. Therefore, expats love this country and are very keen to get settled and married here.

Marriage requirements for tourists in Dubai

Pre-marital marriage requirements for tourists in the UAE

There are some basic pre-marriage conditions that must be met and certain documents must be furnished irrespective of the nationality of the applicants when they have a plan to get married in the UAE. These basic requirements are mentioned below-

  1. The approval of the bride
  2. The applicant’s Emirates ID
  3. Valid passports of the applicants
  4. The visa status of the bride and the groom
  5. At least one of the applicants i.e. whether the bride or the groom must have a valid residence visa of the UAE
  6. Both bride and the groom must have a positive health screening certificate issued by one of the government approved clinics in the UAE certifying that they are fit to marry and do not have any serious health issues. This limits the risk of spreading a communicable disease and is mandatory while applying for marriage.

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Marriage requirements for Muslim Tourists in Dubai

The Muslim expats who wish to get married in the UAE must fulfil the following requirements-

  1. The bride and groom must be over 18 years of age. In case they are under 18 years of age, special approval from the judge must be presented.
  2. A spouse cannot be double the age of the other unless the judge has approved the same.
  3. The couple must be physically present at the time of the marriage.
  4. The bride’s father must be physically present at the ceremony. In case he cannot be there due to any medical grounds or whatsoever reason, he must designate his proxy to attend the wedding.
  5. Two Muslim witnesses who are male and over 18 years of age should also be present.
  6. A Muslim woman is not allowed to marry without the consent of her parents or legal guardians.
  7. If the father of the bride is no more, her closest relative (either brother or uncle) must be present at the wedding.
  8. In case a Muslim bride has a non-Muslim father, she must obtain a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the embassy in the UAE.

For the wedding to be declared as a legal one, the marriage contract must be registered with the Sharia courts in the UAE. The Muslim expats are allowed to have up to 4 wives until they can demonstrate that they treat them equally in all respects.

Marriage Requirements in Dubai for Tourists

Marriage requirements for non-Muslim tourists in Dubai

The non-Muslim expats have slightly different requirements when it comes to getting married in the UAE. Christians for example can get married in any of the churches in the UAE and Hindus can get married in a Hindu temple in Bur Dubai. However, these ceremonies will also need to be legalized by producing proper documents in the Dubai courts. Therefore, one must consult experienced lawyers before deciding to marry in the UAE as their marriage gets legalized only when they get their marriage registered in the Dubai courts. 

All expats who wish to get their marriage registered in the UAE courts must fulfill the following 2 conditions-

  1. Both applicants must be over 18 years of age
  2. 2 witnesses over 18 years of age should be present to witness the ceremony along with their identity proofs

The documents needed for registering the marriage are as follows-

  1. Passport copies of the bride and the groom
  2. Valid ID proofs of the witnesses
  3. The birth certificates of the couple certifying their age
  4. Proof of death of the previous spouse or divorce decree, if applicable

There might be some more documents that might be required like an application for “intention to marry” and a health fitness certificate. This varies from case to case and hence Dubai Court Marriage can help you in knowing what exactly is needed in which situation.

Marriage requirements for Foreigners in the UAE

Foreigners can tie a knot in Dubai only if either of the applicants has a residence visa. If both the bride and the groom are on a visit visa and they wish to marry, then it will not be possible. So, if you have a plan to have a destination wedding in Dubai and neither of the applicants are having a residency visa, then it is not possible and one must look elsewhere for the same.

How Dubai court marriage can help in fulfilling marriage requirements for tourists in Dubai?

So, if you are a tourist who wishes to get married in Dubai, and are not able to find your way through, then you must consult our marriage lawyers in Dubai court marriage. They will help you with all the paperwork and will also ensure you that all the formalities are in place right from the application of the marriage to the issuance and attestation of the marriage certificate. Call us today and we will help you in making your marriage in the UAE a hassle-free procedure.

M. Al Khairy, LL.B 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. Al Khairy 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. Read more