Non-Muslim Marriage procedure in Dubai, UAE (Christians, Hindus etc)
For non-Islamic marriages in Dubai, couples should contact their church or embassy and follow the marriage laws applicable there.
Procedure of Christian weddings in Dubai is as follows:
Visit your respective embassy to know about the procedure. You will have to carry passports and sign affidavits to say you are not already married and that there is no hindrance in getting married or something similar. You may also need to bring along witnesses. Check if it is possible to get married at your embassy, else, you will have to go to a church.
If you belong to different nationalities, you will need to contact your respective embassies to find out what the correct procedure is. For instance, US citizens may require a pastor to get married (can be organized by contacting one of the churches), while Indian citizens apparently get married at their embassy in Abu Dhabi.
If the marriage takes place in an English speaking church, the marriage certificate will be in English. This will have to be translated into Arabic by a court approved translator, for the marriage to be valid in the UAE.
Thereafter, you will have to submit both documents to the Notary Public Office at Dubai Courts for certification. This may require UAE Residence Visas to be able to do this.
Then visit the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to get the certification authenticated. The next step would be to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to get the MoJ authentication authenticated. Then you need to get back to your embassy to get the MoFA authentication authenticated.
It is said that more details about the procedures are being explained by priests at St. Mary’s Church in Bur Dubai, during their talk from 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 6pm, except on Fridays and Sundays.