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civil marriage in dubai for christians

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Re: civil marriage in dubai for christians

Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:15 pm

I'm sorry guys, I haven't been to this page anymore.

there is no way for christians to get a civil marriage here in dubai. the only way for a civil marriage is under the shari3a law. after a lot of research, that's what we go to.

to get married, we had to fly to cyprus. it was easy, and fast... and cyprus was beautiful Smile

to get more info, just google "nicosia city hall civil marriage"

 

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Re: civil marriage in dubai for christians

Post Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:31 pm

Hi guys,

I don't believe that Christians can't have a civil marriage since I can get married at my Embassy here in Dubai. The problem is my boyfriend is not Filipino. So I'm trying to find an alternative method.

I would appreciate if anyone can provide me the contact details for the reverend so I can proceed further. Thanks.

 

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Re: civil marriage in dubai for christians

Post Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:00 am

Civil marriage in the UAE is not possible. You can get married in the church, then translate the certificate into arabic and get it stamped by UAE notary. This way you are legally married in the UAE. To be legally married in your country of origin, you have to present the certiticat to your authorities to register your marriage. the marriage certificate from the church has to have an official stamp from your embasy and UAE ministry for foreign affairs before you can register it.
The other option is to get married by your embasy. It is easy if both are from the same country, but it can get tricky if you are from different countries as you might get very busy collecting tons of papers.
Good luck.
Helena

 

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Re: civil marriage in dubai for christians

Post Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:44 pm

Please anybody could help me on how to get married here either civil or in church. My boyfriend is british and i'm a filipina. I want to know the procedures and requirements. Thanks a lot.

 

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Re: civil marriage in dubai for christians

Post Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:40 pm

OK we have just gone through all this and would like to pass on our experiences (as unfortunately info on getting married, or moreover civil ceremonies, is hard to come by in Dubai)...

Civil ceremonies (i.e. non-religious weddings) are not permitted in Dubai/UAE. Only some embassies conduct them, but not ours (UK and Czech Republic), so unless one of you was baptised (or are Muslim / Hindu) the only option is to get married abroad. This is not the horror you may think it will be, indeed it's a blessing (excuse the religious pun Wink ) in disguise and we are thankful that Dubai is yet to become a modern tolerant place, in this regard!

Our search lead us to the beautiful Republic of Seychelles, a group of islands 4.5 hrs flight due south of Dubai. We ascertained background details from a great website (www.weddingchaos.co.uk) and then did the rest ourselves, which was not much!

You need to scan and email the required documents (ONLY passport and birth certificate) 11 days prior to your chosen marriage date. The Civil Status Officer (who was exceptionally friendly and professional!) is the point of contact (nigel@civilstatus.gov.sc) and will guide you through the harmless procedures and other details.

One slight inconvenience is that the marriage certificate needs to be attested in Muscat (because there's no Seychelles consulate in Dubai and no GCC consulate in Seychelles) in order for the marriage to be recognised in Dubai. However this can be done by courier so pretty painless again (scconsul@omantel.net.om).

This is actually the stage we have just reached, having got our attested certificate we now will register our marriage at Dubai Courts. We will let you know how this goes...

Whatever happens, getting married in the Seychelles was truly magical, must the most relaxed, friendly and intimate place to tie the knot!

Hope this helps!

 

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Re: civil marriage in dubai for christians

Post Posted: Mon May 25, 2009 2:28 am

- rustomvickers

This is actually the stage we have just reached, having got our attested certificate we now will register our marriage at Dubai Courts.

We will let you know how this goes...



This is truely a very good tip! Thanks.
We are going to do quite the same thing except we are going to live/register it in Qatar.

Can you let us know how it went? How long it took all the process, if any unexpected issues (hope none) have occured and so on. A description of the attestation process in Muscat (if I do not ask for much) it would be grand! Is your embassy necessary to attest the certificate before the local government to do it?

Thanks a lot!

 

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Re: civil marriage in dubai for christians

Post Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:09 pm

Can you please send me the name of the reverand as well me and my partner want to get married in the very near future in Dubai.

 

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