How to Get Married in Dubai Court 

A couple in UAE can get married in Dubai Courts wherein the bride and the groom will exchange vows in the midst of a judge. Court marriage in Dubai does include a religious ceremony. UAE authorities have set a specific process for applications and registrations of marriage in Dubai.

Process of getting married in Dubai

Here are the steps that couples need to go through in order to get married in Dubai Courts:

Step 1: Provide a prior notice.

This is the first step, which is done by filing an application for court marriage. The application along with the supporting documents are to be filed at least four weeks prior to the intended date of marriage. 

Step 2: Announcement of intention to marry.
This is one of the official steps wherein the registrar publishes the announcement of intention to marry. The purpose of the notice is to invite an objection. If there is no one that objects to the marriage, a couple can proceed in getting married in Dubai. Note: anyone can raise an objection to a marriage, but there has to be a legitimate reason for doing so.

Step 3: Registration of the marriage.

Following the announcement or notice period, the bride and the groom can proceed to the nuptials if there were no objections. The couple can proceed with the registration of the marriage on the date of appointment. Both the bride and the groom should be present during the Dubai court marriage along with the bride’s guardian and two witnesses. 

The marriage is going to be solemnized at the Dubai Courts. Following the signing of the marriage contract and other rituals, a Mazoon or marriage officer will register the court marriage. A marriage certificate is going to be issued days following the ceremony. 

Requirements for Marriage in the Dubai Courts

Applicants of a court marriage in Dubai should present valid passports, birth certificates, residency visas, and UAE medical/health check certificate. This applies to both the bride and the groom. As for the witnesses and legal representatives of the bride and the groom, they are to present original and copies of their passports, birth certificates, and residency visas.

If one contracting party to a marriage in Dubai was previously married and divorced, there is a need to presented additional documents. This includes the previous marriage certificate and the final divorce judgment. In the case of a widower, the death certificate of the spouse that died is required.

A marriage certificate can be in the English language if the ceremony was performed in English. A certificate or license for marriage can be translated to Arabic officially by an official translator. The translated document and the Arabic translation both need to be certified by a public notary in Dubai. Remember that a marriage certificate requires attestation from several different government departments such as the UAE Ministry of Justice and Ministry/Dept of Foreign Affairs.

 Obada Jamal Eldeen Hasan

Labor & Family Law Consultant

Atty Obada represents clients when dealing with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in the UAE in order to facilitate peaceful settlements for labor and employment disputes. He helps ensure they are ceased in their tracks prior to escalating into major litigation cases. His expertise when it comes to labor legislation in UAE include illegal dismissals and unfair labor practices.

Since qualification, Atty Obada has also dealt with the aspects of UAE family law. Part of his work is dealing with resolution for financial issues upon the breakdown of a relationship, but he is equally experienced in representing clients for child custody cases and advising about cohabitation or prenuptial agreements. His clients have found his approach (especially to children) to be sensitive and pragmatic!