LegalCivil Marriage in the UAE

May 17, 2021
Civil Marriage Law
Civil marriage law in UAE

Civil marriage in UAE is concerned with certain laws.

The UAE Government aims to build and maintain a stable and consolidated Emirati family and to fortify the Emirati social and demographic structure, by encouraging Emirati men to marry Emirati women.

Key legal requirements for Muslim marriages

Here are the key legal requirements for Muslim marriages:

  • Firstly, Marriage contract needs to be registered in a Sharia court in the UAE.
  • Above all, Legal age for marriage is 18 Hijri years; otherwise, approval from the judge is required.
  • spouse’s age should not be twice the other; otherwise, an approval from the judge is sought.
  • Also, premarital screening certificate is needed.
  • Attendance of the couple is required.
  • Also, Attendance of the bride’s father or his proxy and two male Muslim witnesses are required.
  • For a woman to get married, she needs the consent of her guardian.
  • In case of father’s death, the presence of the next closest male guardian i.e. closest kin such as elder brother is required,
  • Furthermore, Divorced and widowed women must produce a proof of the status.
  • Also, If the bride is Muslim and her father is not, she needs a ‘No Objection’ letter from her embassy or consulate.

UAE’s law identifies marriage as a legal contract between a man and a woman, aimed at protecting the rights of the couple and their children.


Ministry of Justice has launched eMarriage service. This lets couples wishing to get married book an appointment with a marriage officer through an online updated database linked to the ID card system.

Both, the Judicial Department in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Courts facilitate online marriage applications and the services of marriage officers.

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