Getting married in the UAE 101

Do you want to be a June bride? Well, before ticking the dates in your calendar, we suggest that you take note of the following guide on how to get married in the UAE. Marriage in the UAE is not as easy as 1-2-3, and we’re certain that you’d need to allot a longer time to finally say “I Do”. So, here is information on the important processes that you should consider before scheduling your nuptials.

Refer to the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General

Save yourself time and effort by duly coordinating with the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General before planning anything else. Remember, marriage outside the Philippines entails lots of paperwork and a long lead time. But, as long as you adhere to the requirements, you’re assured that your marriage will be legally recognized in any part of the world.

Filipino couples would need to prepare application, marriage contract and marriage announcement forms.  They also have to provide passport photocopies, including their witnesses. The most cumbersome of documentation is the CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage) or Certificate of Singleness which you have to secure from the NSO (National Statistics Office in the Philippines), which has its own set of requirements.  There is also the Authenticated Advice of Parents (applicants aged 21-25) or the Authenticated Consent of Parents (applicants aged 18-21).

For Filipinos planning to marry a foreigner, the requirements are slightly different.  Documents for the Filipino applicant are almost the same. The foreign applicant, however, has to submit a Certificate of Civil Status from the Applicant’s Embassy or Consulate in the UAE. If already married, Muslim males have to provide a written and authenticated Consent of First Wife.  UAE Nationals also require a Certificate of Good Moral Character from the UAE Police, a Certificate of No Objection to Marry from their employer, to include employment and salary information, and a joint affidavit from two UAE local witnesses. Complete information and all required forms are available online at www.pcgdubai.net/services.html.

If you are marrying a non-Filipino, make sure that your fiancé contacts his consulate or embassy. Also, remember that only Filipino citizens are allowed to wed at the Philippine Consulate General office.

Decide on where to get married

If you are not planning to tie the knot at an Embassy/Consulate, there are other venues you can go to. Church weddings are allowed as long as you are both Christians. Get in touch with the parish and inquire on charges, reservations and other particulars. Thereafter, you can start worrying on the dress, reception party, flowers, cake, photography, etc.

Christians can also wed in hotels and other venues, but for their churches to recognize the marriage, they still must adhere to the terms and conditions set forth by the churches.

For Muslim weddings, the marriage ceremony is performed in the Islamic Courts within the marriage section. It is necessary that the couple are citizens or holding residence visas, and that the groom is Muslim. Also, it is important that you have two Muslim males in attendance as witnesses. The couple usually celebrate their union by hosting a reception party after the wedding ceremony.

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10 Comments

  1. Ask ko lang po isa po akong balo.gusto ko pong mgpakasal sa uae.muslim po kmi pareho.ano po ba ang requirements?thank you po

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  2. Hello po ask ko lang kung ang cenomar ay hanggang 6 months lang ang expiry. Ganon din po ba pag nakared ribbon na sya? Salamat po

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  3. Hi po ask ko lang kng may idea kau how many hours ung kasal sa consulate? i mean ung ceremony po?

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  4. hi poh..after poh b ask lng sna if nsa amin n po u cinomar at divorce papper for my fiance,san poh b pwd pmunta for arrange or pra s kasal po..thnx

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  5. hi ask lang po ano ba ang mga requirements sa magpakasal dito sa uae thanks….

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  6. Hi po tanong ko lng my expiration po ba ang cenomar??ilang months po ba ung validity ng cenomar please hepl me marming slamat po..

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    • Hi Angelyn!
      A Cenomar is valid for 6 months typically.

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  7. hi, tanong ko lang po un CENOMAR at birthcertificate po na requirements after po ba iauthenticate s DFA ay ipapa attest p b sa UAE embassy makati.? please help.

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    • You can, if she loves you. Just don’t break her heart, and take care of her well.

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