- A recent federal decree law in the UAE permits Non Muslim couples in Dubai to obtain civil marriage licenses within 24 hours, effective from February 1.
- Emirati lawyer Diana Hamade confirmed that applicants with attested PDF documents and original IDs can secure licenses swiftly.
- The introduced “Civil Marriage for Non-Muslims” service by Dubai Courts aims to regulate family matters for non-Muslim foreigners based on civil principles.
- The comprehensive Federal Personal Status Law encompasses marriage, divorce, inheritance, and various family-related aspects for non-Muslim nationals and expats residing in the UAE.
- Conditions specified by Diana Hamade mandate both parties to be non-Muslims, aged at least 21, with one possessing a Dubai residency, proving their single status, and being personally present or represented.
- Compliance with document requirements, including translations into Arabic by approved legal translators and attestation by relevant UAE ministries, is essential.
- Additionally, the Dubai Global Wedding Excellence retreat highlighted Dubai’s allure for destination weddings, attributing its appeal to scenic locales, favorable weather, travel convenience, diverse cuisine, and extensive hotel options.
Dubai Residents to Obtain Marriage Licenses
A recent federal decree law introduced a swift process for Non Muslim couples seeking civil marriage licenses in Dubai, effective from February 1. Emirati lawyer Diana Hamade affirmed that applicants possessing PDF-format documents, duly attested and original IDs, can secure their licenses within 24 hours.
Civil Marriage for Non-Muslims
Dubai Courts unveiled the “Civil Marriage for Non-Muslims” service, aimed at regulating family matters for non-Muslim foreigners, adhering to civil principles. The newly enacted Federal Personal Status Law spans seven pages, encompassing marriage, divorce, and inheritance for non-Muslim nationals and expats residing in the UAE. It delineates marriage conditions, documentation procedures, divorce protocols, financial settlements post-divorce, joint custody arrangements for children, inheritance guidelines, wills, and paternity proofs.
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Legal experts have welcomed this law as a progressive step, emphasizing its positive implications.
Terms and Conditions
Conditions outlined by Diana Hamade stipulate that
- Both parties must be non-Muslims,
- Aged at least 21,
- One having a Dubai residence.
- Additionally, they must substantiate their single status and either be personally present or represented by a designated individual.
Hamade stressed the necessity of original IDs alongside all documents in PDF format, duly translated into Arabic by a UAE Ministry of Justice-approved legal translator and attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Dubai Global Wedding Excellence (GWE)
Moreover, a recent Dubai Global Wedding Excellence (GWE) retreat highlighted Dubai’s increasing popularity for destination weddings, citing picturesque locations, year-round sunshine, travel convenience, diverse cuisine, and extensive hotel options as the city’s appealing features for couples tying the knot.