Civil Marriage in UAE

The Federal Decretal Law No. 41 of 2022 established in October 2022 the civil marriage all across UAE. Its implementation is still under process.

The law sets out in detail the procedures for forming a civil marriage and defines the key legal requirements for its establishment in addition to the documents needed. It further deals with matters related to divorce, custody, wills and the related competent courts. It regulates more generally personal status matters for Non-Muslims nationals and foreigners. Among the multiple goals of this law are the guarantee of a flexible dispute resolution method for Personal Status matters related to non-Muslims nationals and foreigners.

Abu Dhabi was a pioneer among the Emirates when it promulgated last year Law No. 14 of 2021 regarding Family Law for Non-Muslim Expatriates in Abu Dhabi, pursuant to which civil marriage was allowed for the first time in Abu Dhabi for non-Muslims.

We at Al Bahar Associates Advocates & Legal Consultants are ready to simplify the process for you and willing to save your precious time by handling the formalities on your behalf. Please reach out to us by email on  or by phone on +97124410825 to discuss further.

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