Marriage is described in UAE law as a marital contract between a man and a woman, to secure the couple’s and their children’s rights. The marriage contract must be licensed in a UAE Sharia court for the union to be legally binding. The below are the basic conditions for a legal marriage status in Dubai:
- The bride’s approval
- The couple’s Emirates IDs
- Valid Passports
- Visa status of both parties
- At least one party to the marriage contract (husband, wife, or wife’s guardian) must have a residency visa in the UAE to marry in Dubai. Both the bride and groom must be UAE nationals of other emirates.
- A positive pre-marital screening certificate released by the concerned public healthcare services in the UAE for the pair.
Expats from other countries can marry in Dubai, and many do. It is important to remember, however, that:
- The marriage must be officially recognized with the appropriate courts or embassies.
- Non-Muslim ex-pats will marry in Dubai according to their home country’s laws.
- Both the bride and groom must be above the age of eighteen.
- The ceremony should be witnessed by two people.