FAQ: Civil Marriage Process in Abu Dhabi for Non-Muslims

Navigating the process of civil marriage in Abu Dhabi can be a journey filled with questions and uncertainties, especially for Non-Muslim residents. To assist you in understanding the procedure and ensuring a smooth experience, we’ve compiled a comprehensive FAQ section. This guide is based on actual client experiences and aims to provide clear, step-by-step insights into the process, requirements, and expectations for your special day. Whether you’re planning your own ceremony or just seeking information, our FAQs are here to help you every step of the way.

 Q: Where is the application for civil marriage in Abu Dhabi submitted? A: The application can be completed online through the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) portal, accessible via UAE Pass.

Q: What documents are required for the civil marriage application? A: Required documents include passport copies, Emirates ID copies, evidence of dissolution of previous marriages if applicable, and a prenuptial agreement if you have one.

Q: How is payment for the civil marriage application made? A: Payment is prompted through an email confirmation and link, usually sent within 3-4 hours after confirming the application contents.

Q: What is the standard fee for a civil marriage application? A: The standard fee is AED 300, with an option for a fast-track process at AED 2,500 for a specific or next-day marriage ceremony.

Q: What are the procedures on the day of the civil marriage? A: Couples need to present their Emirates IDs/passports at the ADJD reception. Guests are allowed but must provide identification and adhere to ADJD’s dress code.

Q: How long does the wedding ceremony usually take? A: The formalities are typically completed in less than 15 minutes.

Q: Is the marriage certificate issued immediately after the ceremony? A: Yes, the marriage certificate is issued right after the ceremony, following the signing formalities.

Q: Is the marriage certificate issued in English? A: Yes, the certificate is issued in English.

Q: Is the marriage certificate valid internationally? A: The certificate is valid in the UAE, but for international use, it must be attested as per the usual process.

Note: This information serves as a guideline; processes and timelines may vary. Always make direct inquiries with the relevant department for up-to-date information.

Understanding and navigating the terms of your civil marriage contract in Abu Dhabi is crucial. At ProConsult Advocates & Legal Consultants, we specialize in providing expert guidance to ensure that your marriage contract is not only legally compliant but also aligns with your personal needs and expectations. Our experienced legal team is here to help you understand each clause and tailor your contract to reflect the unique aspects of your union. Contact us for personalized support in making your marriage contract a solid foundation for your future together.