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Current laws in the UAE do allow for non-residents (tourists) to get married legally while on vacation, as well as UAE residents. It is important to note that as a residing couple under UAE’s law, you must be legally married in order to live together or have children.
In the UAE, Islamic marriages are conducted according to the Sharia law, which apply in the below points, regardless of nationality:
Please note: The law permits a Muslim man to marry a non-Muslim woman, however, it does not allow a Muslim woman to marry a non-Muslim man without proof of his conversion to Islam.
For more information and downloadable documents please click here for the UAE Official Government Portal
Non-Muslims can conclude marriage formalities at:
Note: You must have the ceremony inside the church grounds - the legal part must take place here if you want a certified marriage certificate. Also please check with your Church as many have specific requirements regarding marriage counseling or a marriage preparation course (which in most cases is mandatory).
Info from the Jebel Ali Christ Church
The Church does marry non-residents legally. They require that the couple complete their application form with passport and baptism copies. The couple will also have to attend a Marriage Course at their local church and require a letter from their Priest or Pastor confirming their attendance, as well as what topics they covered in the Marriage Course. If the couple are residents, they would have had to attend a compulsory Marriage Seminar with the Reverend. Therefore, if they do not attend in Marriage Course, the Reverend will not marry them.
The Church also requires a Certificate of No-Impediment to Marry (CNIM), stating that they are single and free to marry. These can be obtained at their local government registry.
Once the couple are in the country, they will need to meet with the Reverend before they wed to go through the Order of Service etc.
The Church's fee includes getting the certificates attested and stamped at the Dubai Courts and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They only conduct weddings on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Weddings on a Friday will incur an additional fee.
Please note: They only accept cash and payments need to be done at the church office.
Office timings - Sunday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please ask for: Jayna Kusada | Weddings Secretary
Info from St. Mary’s Church
This Church has a long notice period - inform the Parish Priest at least THREE MONTHS prior to the marriage.
They require the following documentation:
Couples who wish to get married at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubai may refer to the following additional guidelines:
Note: All listed certificates are to be submitted in their original form and be no older than six months. An appointment must be booked for a meeting with the Parish Priest.
Here are some other helpful links: o You need to have your baptism certificates, both churches insist on this http://dubai.ae/en/Lists/Articles/DispForm.aspx?ID=23&category=Citizens
Documents needed for each partner are:
Note: For Filipinos a Letter of Legal Capacity to Marry is issued at the Philippines Embassy. For Chinese, Germans, South Africans it is necessary to get this document from their Country of origin. Other nationalities should get a Statutory Declaration from their respective embassy.
We have many couples that either do a private ceremony at the Church, courthouse, or an Embassy a few days prior, and then we conduct another ceremony at the couples desired location anywhere in the UAE! Which is usually in one of the hotel grounds where the reception event is planned.
For the church ceremony, you will need to gather the following documents (listed above), complete a certified marriage preparation course from a Church in your home country and bring along the necessary documentation as evidence to the Reverend in Dubai.
Note: You need to have your baptism certificates, both churches insist on this! http://dubai.ae/en/Lists/Articles/DispForm.aspx?ID=23&category=Citizens
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