Can expats have their marriage solemnized in the UAE?

11 March 2024 by
Research Team

Civil Marriage Procedures in the UAE.


Initiating a Civil Marriage Request.

To begin your civil marriage process in UAE, follow these steps:


1. Document Submission: 

Provide all necessary documents along with a completed marriage application form.

2. Prenuptial Agreement:

If applicable, include a prenuptial agreement.

3. Review Process:

Authorities will review the submitted documents.


Once your application is approved, you can proceed to pay the required fees and choose your wedding date.


Civil Marriage Ceremony:

The civil marriage ceremony takes place at the Civil Family Court within the ADJD main court building during specified hours. During the ceremony, couples exchange vows and rings, invite guests, and take photographs. The marriage certificate will be issued within a few days, depending on the service type selected.


Legal Requirements for Civil Marriage:


1. Age Requirement:

Both parties must be at least 18 years old.

2. Consent:

Both individuals must provide their free and willing consent to the marriage.

3. Marital Status Confirmation:

The couple must confirm that neither individual is currently married to another person.

4. Identification Documents:

Both individuals must present valid passports.


For more information or assistance with your civil marriage process in UAE, contact Concept Advocates today. Our experienced team is here to guide you through every step of the procedure.