Getting married in Abu Dhabi is only really possible if you live there as a resident, so non residents should get legally married at home and then have a blessing and honeymoon in Abu Dhabi instead.
Below are the legalities for residents to marry in Abu Dhabi, to help you plan your ideal honeymoon.
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Abu Dhabi Marriage Law Requirements
What are the legal requirements to get married in Dubai?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related.
Two witnesses are required.
How long do I have to be resident in Abu Dhabi before I can get married?
One of you must be resident and hold a valid UAE residency visa in order to legally marry in Abu Dhabi, and if one of you is not resident then that person will have to undergo a medical examination before the ceremony
Getting a marriage licence
You may be required to post banns/intent to marry at your embassy in Abu Dhabi, but this depends on your nationality and whether your home country requires this.
If you are Muslim and want to marry at the Judicary Department then you, your fiance(e) and witnesses must visit the department in person to submit the papers below.
If you wish to marry outside the Department premises then you must also visit to the Department to book a judge to marry you and submit the documents below.
As the UAE is a Muslim country, if you are not a Muslim you will have to marry in a church, at your residence, or at your embassy in Abu Dhabi.
After the ceremony Muslim couples need to register their marriage at a Sharia court in the UAE, non-Muslim couples need to register their marriage with their embassy/ies in Abu Dhabi
What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Full birth certificates.
Photocopies of your resident permits.
UAE pre-marital certificate.
A certificate stating your marital status (divorced, single or widowed) sworn in your home country or in the UAE at your consulate and at the UAE Foreign Ministry .
Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.
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Abu Dhabi Marriage Registrar's Office
Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD)
Tel: +971 2 651 2222
Open Sunday - Thursday 7.30am -3pm
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates
Main Office, Abu Dhabi
Chamber of commerce of Abu Dhabi
Open: 8 am - 1 pm
Tel: +971 222 22000