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Top 5 Reasons Why Interfaith Marriages are So Popular

In the 21st century, there has been a growth in the number of people who are leaving their home country in order to search for a better living and a better job in a foreign country. Even students love to go abroad for their higher education and then gradually find a suitable job in a different country. This trend has given rise to an interfaith marriage or a marriage in which people from different nationalities are involved. This is especially popular in a country like the United Arab Emirates where many expats feel more safe and secure as the standard of living is not very high and the quality of life is very good. 

With the new rule that is going to be effective from 1st January 2022, the UAE is going to be amongst the first countries who are going to start a shorter workweek of 4.5 days. All these plus points make the UAE, a destination of choice for many nationalities to settle down and work here. Settling down also means that people love to find their love and get married in the UAE. The Dubai court marriage allows marriage between different nationalities if the documents and procedure are in place. In this article, we are going to discuss why interfaith marriage is so famous in the UAE and why people love choosing a foreigner as their life partner

  • Interfaith marriages give cross cultural competency

The first and the foremost advantage of marrying someone from a different nationality is that we become cross culturally competent and flexible in our thinking. This gives us an advantage when dealing with someone who belongs to a different country or religion. Since we are having a broader scope of thinking, we might understand their point or we might know how to approach them from a different angle that makes them understand what we are trying to covey.

  • Interfaith marriages reduce stereotypes one has for other nations

Stereotype thinking might get ruled out once you marry someone from another nation. This is because, when we live with someone belonging to a different race or ethnicity, then after spending most of the time with that person, we might come out of the thoughts or stereotypes that was set in our mind against the people belonging to that country. Overcoming these serotypes helps in making our mind more flexible.

  • Interfaith marriages help you enjoy more festivals and make you happy

The third important thing in mixed marriages is that we can enjoy the festivals of both the regions/nation. This gives us a reason to celebrate almost every phase of life in different ways thus making us happier and releasing our hormone dopamine which is responsible for happiness, thinking and planning activities. Therefore, this increases our productivity in totality.

  • Having an interfaith marriage opens more travelling opportunities

Marrying somebody from a different nationality also means that there are chances when you can travel to different places. Having a spouse as a guide in their country can give one a chance to explore the best places of other country and not to have a feel of a foreigner in that country.

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  • Interfaith marriage makes one become bilingual

The last but not the least advantage of having an interfaith or mixed marriage is that we can become bilingual or at least our next generation can be exposed to more than one language and they can easily adopt to both the countries cultures and rituals.

The above-listed points are only some of the benefits of marrying a person from different nationalities. There might be numerous reasons how they can be advantageous. These can range from an opportunity to marry twice as per the different rules of the country, having 2 passports, knowing more people and getting more connections around the world. 

On the other hand, there might be some disadvantages as well. Some of them are listed below-

  1. Different rules and conditions might lead to disputes later on. 
  2. Financial issues might crop up a few years down the line.
  3. The old life will be missed.
  4. The children may find it difficult to understand the cultures of both sides especially when they are small.
  5. Dealing with the legalities may also prove to be very difficult.

Despite the disadvantages, mixed culture marriage is becoming very popular these days because of the cross-cultural organizations across the world and easy communication channels through the internet.

In the UAE, there are several rules and procedures that help you in solemnizing your mixed culture wedding in the UAE. To know the several rules and regulations of performing a Dubai court marriage, one must consult the skilled and experienced marriage lawyers in the UAE. they help you with the documentation work that is needed to get the marriage registered and also in getting the marriage attested.

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