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How to get married in UAE for Filipino nationals

In Dubai, Filipinos, like many other nationalities, can marry. The only thing to keep in mind is that you must complete the paperwork and adhere to all legal regulations. This may take some time and effort, but if you’re having trouble at any stage, we’re here to help.

The highest population of Filipinos in the UAE is in Dubai, followed by Abu Dhabi. They make up 6.1 percent of the UAE’s total population and 21.3 percent of Dubai’s population. With that said, it is only common that we receive so many inquiries from Filipino nationals that are looking to get married in the UAE.

If you are looking to get married; this article should help you with all the relevant information on how to get married in the UAE.


It’s important to understand that if the person is a Filipino national, the wedding can take place at the consulate of the Philippines. However, if any of the partner is not a citizen of the Philippines, the couple will have to move their wedding to a different place.

UAE follows the Sharia law which enables Muslims to get married in the court amongst the witness present. If the Filipino couple is Muslim, they must choose for a Sharia-compliant Islamic court marriage. The couple will also need to bring two Muslim witnesses with them, each with their own national IDs and passports.

The couple can also marry in a church if they are Christians. In this case, however, you must guarantee that you match the church restrictions and the price, as it will not be free. Additionally the couple might also have to follow any additional guidelines set down by the church.


It is important to note; that the UAE is pretty strict when it comes to documentation and paperwork to legalize any marriage. Therefore couples are warned to have every paperwork in place to make sure that are not running around at the very last minute. Depending on the situation; tentatively couples would require the following documents:

  • Each of the spouses should submit an application.
  • A joint affidavit form is required.
  • A single wedding announcement form
  • Report on the marriage


Without stereotyping, what we have come to notice that in many of our cases that most Filipinos are already married.

According to a 2017 UNICEF report, 15% of Filipino girls marry before they reach the age of 18, and 2% marry before they reach the age of 15. Poverty drives more Filipino women into early marriage.

Philippines, also happens to be the one of the two country in the world, that prohibits divorce to in order to safeguard the institution of marriage. Under normal circumstances, a Filipino citizen’s only option is annulment. To be married in the UAE, an individual needs to submit paper of their singleness or divorce; which can be difficult in this situation adds to the paperwork’s complexity.

There are a few challenges but there’s always a way around it too. If you need any help with your current situation; our team could help you with some advice.


Every couple is in a different situation from the other and hence it would not be right from our end to give a most definite answer depending on the uniqueness of your case. However what we most definitely could say, is that our team is well equipped to handle the complexities of your situation and would be happy to help you.

Do let us know in the comment section how your wedding preps are coming along; and would you need any advise from us!

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