How to get married in Dubai? Procedures and documents required

How to get married in Dubai? Procedures and documents required

Eligibility to get married in Dubai, UAE

  • Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women
  • Two witnesses are required, who must show their Emirates ID

Procedures and documents required to get married in Dubai for Expats, UAE residents, Non-Muslim Expats and Muslims

Getting married in Dubai or other Emirates is almost the same procedure with slight variation for Dubai. Check below for the procedures and what are the documents to be submitted or bring along with you while getting married.

In general, you need

1.  Pre-register online

Before you visit Dubai Courts, you need to register via E-Zawaj through the Dubai Court’s website. Once you fill up the electronic form and submit, you will receive a reference number in your email which you should carry along on your visit to the court.

2.  Take up pre-marital medical test

In order to get married, it is mandatory to complete a pre-marital medical test to rule out diseases and disorders such as Thalassemia or HIV/AIDS. You can do this at any Dubai government hospital or clinic. You need to produce the medical certificate at Dubai Courts on the day of the marriage.

3.  Submit required documents

Below are the mandatory documents that need to be submitted at the court.

For Muslims:

  • Pre-marital medical certificate
  • Passports of both spouses
  • Emirates IDs of both spouses
  • Emirates IDs of the 2 witnesses

For Non-Muslim Expats:

  • Birth certificates of both spouses
  • Passports and photocopies of both spouses
  • Passports and photocopies of both witnesses
  • Pre-marital medical certificate

4.  On the marriage day

For Muslims:

Both spouses need to be present, along with the bride’s father (or legal male guardian) and 2 Muslim male witnesses (witnesses must have a valid Emirates ID).

For Non-Muslim Expats:

Marriage can be done either at a church or at your respective embassy. Two witnesses are required.

Procedures for newly converted Muslims, divorcees, widows, widowers and for marriage of UAE female with expatriates to get married in Dubai, UAE

There are other special conditions for newly converted Muslims, divorcees, widows, widowers and for marriage of UAE female with expatriates.

  • Newly converted female Muslims should submit ‘certificate of embracing Islam’ and certificates from any Islamic centre approved by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf).
  • Divorcees should submit official certificate/divorce judgement.
  • Widows and Widowers should submit death certificate of their late spouse.
  • All certificates not issued in the UAE should be legally translated into Arabic.

Required Documents for getting married in Dubai, UAE

  • Full birth certificates
  • Passports and photocopies
  • Passports and photocopies of two witnesses
  • UAE medical fitness certificate and blood test undertaken at Ministry of Health affiliated medical centres
  • Sworn affidavit stating that you are free to marry
  • If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers and your former marriage certificate must be shown
  • If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown

UAE Residence visa requirements for getting married in Dubai

In Dubai, any one party either bride or groom or guardian must have UAE residence visa and in other emirates, both bride and groom must have UAE residence visa.

Pre-marital screening in UAE

In UAE, pre-marital screening is must to do for the couple. You can take marital screening test in any of the medical centers mentioned below

Know more about “What is pre-marital screening, what will you expect there and the documents required to bring” here

Procedures and documents required to get married in Dubai for non-Muslims

Non-Muslims marriage in the UAE

For non-Muslims, marriage can be done at either

  • their country’s embassy or consulate in UAE
  • temple or church
  • documents required are same as mentioned above (Procedures and requirements to get married in Dubai for Expats and UAE residents)
  • You need to file an application of “intention to marry” at your embassy or consulate in UAE if required
  • Both partners must register their marriages in embassy or consulate in UAE.

Cost Estimation

  • AED 60 to AED 500 depending on the procedures

Time Estimation

  • Minimum 4 weeks to sort out the paperwork
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