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August 03, 2022|
Interfaith marriage refers to situations where spouses who belong to different faiths conclude a marriage.
The United Arab Emirates is a tolerant country and welcomes individuals from different countries and faiths to make the UAE their home. Under the Federal Law No. 28 of 2005 on Personal Status, marriage is considered to be a legal contract between a man and a woman which aims to protect and form a steady family (Article 19).
For a marriage to take place under the Personal Status Law of 2005, certain conditions would have to be met. These are:
Marriage of Non-Muslims in the UAE
Non-Muslims can now conclude a civil marriage under the Federal-Decree Law No. 41 of 2022 On Civil Personal Status. The law lays down, under Article 5, the conditions required to be fulfilled for the parties to have successfully entered into a valid marriage:
What is the procedure for contracting a civil marriage in the UAE?
The procedure to contract a civil marriage under the Civil Personal Status Law is explained under Article 6.
To contract a civil marriage in the UAE, the foreigner would have to apply for a specified form that is prepared for this purpose. There is no requirement of submitting a medical examination certificate before marriage.
Marriage will take place after both spouses have filled in the form before the judge. The conditions of the contract of marriage may be mutually agreed upon between the parties, taking into consideration the rights during the marriage and in the event of divorce.
Any previous marital relationship would have to be disclosed in the form. The date of divorce would have to be stated and the proof of the non-existence of any current marriage relationship will have to be proved.
Once it is verified that all conditions for contracting a civil marriage have been met, the judge will ratify the marriage after the procedures set out above have been completed. The marriage contract will then be registered in the register which is prepared for this purpose.
Further, citizens and expatriate residents can conclude their marriage under Shariah principles, which would apply to the following persons, irrespective of their nationalities:
Accordingly, marriages can be concluded in several different ways in the UAE, depending upon your residence, your faith and your citizenship.
The above information might not apply if both parties are non-muslim. Starting from the 1st of February 2023, UAE issued specific family law to be applied between non-muslim expatriate residents in case none of them wanted to apply his/her home country's law in the UAE. To know more information about this law, please feel free to click this link.
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