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Significance of new Abu Dhabi laws with Online weddings


Amidst the Covid outbreak; the UAE introduced an online marriage service that allowed couples to marry without traveling. Residents and citizens were given the option of scheduling an online wedding through video link. And after the identification of the couple was verified; the marriage was proceeded to a specialized court for validation.

Despite the fact; that most of the world has now resumed back to normal; couples are yet opting for online marriages. The reason being; it makes it easier for couples to marry especially if they are in different countries and have travel restrictions.

In this article however; we shed light if the new Abu Dhabi laws; whatsoever have an impact on online marriages

What does the new Abu Dhabi law state

The Abu Dhabi government like most GCC countries followed the Islamic Sharia law. Under which; a Muslim man or a woman was not allowed to marry a Non Muslim. Moreover; the rules and laws for Non Muslims were not well defined.

According to a new edict announced on Sunday by Abu Dhabi’s ruler, non-Muslims would be permitted to marry, divorce, and have shared child custody under civil law, according to state news agency WAM.

It is the latest step taken by the United Arab Emirates to maintain its competitive edge as a regional commercial powerhouse, where personal status regulations on marriage and divorce were previously based on Islamic sharia principles, as in other Gulf governments.

Requirements for marriage in Abu Dhabi

Getting married in Abu Dhabi does have a list of requirements; which do change from time to time. Hence it is always advisable for couples to refer to the embassy website and get the list of documentation and paperwork.

Furthermore; if the couples are from different nationalities or religion; the marry situation can be a tad bit more complicated. In such a case; couples are advised to get in touch with wedding specialist couples or marriage lawyers that deal with paperwork and legalizing weddings.

Impact of new laws on getting married online

While accordingly to the new law; non Muslim would be allowed to marry and a new court would be established to deal with family disputes. This does not directly impact online wedding and purpose it solves of getting married online.

With so much of indecisiveness and travel restrictions; if couples wish to get married in efficiently and without much hassle; getting married online is still a better option.

Still contemplating if an online wedding is right for you; book a call with the team and get the answers to your questions.

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