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Navigating the Nuances of Legal Marriage in Abu Dhabi: Busting Online Wedding Myths

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Getting hitched in Abu Dhabi, the heart of the UAE, promises an unforgettable experience. However, navigating the legalities of a union, especially with the allure of virtual ceremonies, can leave couples with more questions than answers. Our team of wedding experts, dedicated to ensuring your matrimonial journey is smooth, is here to demystify the online wedding maze.

Addressing Misconceptions after media releases

Recent media reports (https://gulfnews.com/living-in-uae/ask-us/get-married-online-new-civil-marriage-process-in-abu-dhabi-explained-1.1703252704742?slide=2) suggesting online marriage in Abu Dhabi may have sparked some confusion. While technological advancements are constantly reshaping the landscape, as of December 29, 2023, both the ceremony and civil contract registration for legal marriage in Abu Dhabi require physical presence at the designated court.

Wrong information about getting married online in Abu Dhabi

[Extract 1 – Wrong] – You can get married online in Abu Dhabi without stepping out of your home

No, getting married in the civil court in Abu Dhabi from home is not yet available. However, it’s fair to acknowledge that the process is improving quickly. This option may become one day available. But as of now, on 29/12/23, you will have to physically go to court to get married. 

[Extract 2 – Wrong] – The ceremony can be conducted digitally 

Same, at the moment this is not an option. Both people should be physically present in the civil court in Abu Dhabi to tie the knot in front of the judge. 

[Extract 3 – Wrong] – During the marriage contract session which may be conducted in person or online 

The marriage ceremony is only available in the court in front of a judge.

What is now available online at the Abu Dhabi civil court? 

Thanks to the constant efforts from the courts to improve the process, it is now possible to digitally sign the marriage certificate. This great step forward allows couples to directly get their wedding certificates digitally, by paying a small extra fee, you can get your marriage certificate digital copy on the spot through a link in your mobile phone (The hard copy option is available as well)

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What are the available online options for weddings in the UAE? 

Abu Dhabi & Dubai Sharia online marriage

Couples looking for Islamic marriage under the Sharia court have the option to do it online. Please note that the requirements are different and tend to be more complicated than the ones requested for Abu Dhabi civil weddings.

What are the available for online weddings outside of the UAE? 

US online civil wedding

It is possible to get married online through the US court. It’s important to keep in mind that not all countries will recognize such weddings. So yes it is possible but you should talk to our wedding experts to confirm if you’re entitled to it. 

Online Nikah wedding 

For some couples, it is also possible to get married online in front of an Imam. This online ceremony may or not be recognized at a later stage. It is also crucial to talk to our experts to make sure that you’re choosing the right option for your case. This option is not available in the UAE. 

Conclusion: Can you get married online? 

Yes, it is possible to get married online, but the provided wedding documents may or not be acceptable at a later stage (pregnancy, visa, registration and so on). So better to book a call with our team!

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