Non-Muslim marriages are very common in Dubai. Before you get to the marriage ceremony, you need to follow the legal procedures that are listed here.
Christian Marriages in Dubai
The bride and groom should finalize on the Church and Priest. Normally both must be recognized and registered at the Dubai Courts. Some priests will only marry members of their own denomination, so it’s better to check with the Priest well in advance. With the consent of the Priest , the marriage can take place either at the Church or at an alternative venue with a wedding license. Again the Priest should be consulted regarding the Fees and donation to the church. Two witnesses are required.
- Passports -originals plus copies and birth certificates of the bride and groom
- Divorce decrees if applicable
- A certificate of no objection is generally required by most embassies
- Both parties must complete standard forms provided by the church.
Once the marriage ceremony is over, the Priest can issue the Marriage certificate. This should then be translated to Arabic by a court-approved legal translator. Both the English and Arabic certificates should be submitted to the Notary Public Office at the Dubai Courts and then authenticated by the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its best to consult each party’s embassy to check on further authentication required for their country(s)
Hindu Marriages in Dubai
The Indian Consulate plays an important role in solemnizing Hindu Marriages. At least one of the pair getting married should be an Indian citizen with a residence visa of the UAE. The couple will have to fill out a Notice of Intended Marriage along with a fee of AED 190. The marriage notification will be published in the newspapers where the pair resides in India and UAE.Then after 30 days with no objection from any sector , the couple will be given a date. On that date along with three witnesses who possess a UAE residency visa, need to appear before the marriage officer at the consulate and sign the relevant documents. The marriage certificate will be issued and the consulate normally helps with the further authentication process.
Indian citizens are allowed to have Hindu Marriages at the Hindu Temple, Dubai too. The Maharaj (priest) of the Hindu Temple, Dubai which is run together with the Indian Consulate takes over the marriage ceremony at the temple. The Hindu Temple is located west of the Dubai Creek in the area of Bur Dubai. Tel 04 353 5334.
Both parties must be Hindu and both must be resident in Dubai.
- Completed application forms (can be downloaded at www.indembassyuae.org/ www.cgidubai.com/consular forms, marriage section)
- The bride's and bridegroom's passports with photocopies
- Passports and photocopies for the parents and witnesses of the bride and the bridegroom
- An affidavit from the Indian Embassy that both parties are free to marry. This must be attested.
All the documents are to be submitted to the Hindu Temple’s Marriage Committee for approval. Once approved, a date can be set after consulting the temple and Maharaj of the couple’s choice. Once the marriage ceremony is over, the Temple has the right to issue the Marriage certificate. Its best to consult the Indian embassy to check on further authentication required.