While it is possible to have a marriage performed at your embassy, the majority of expats end up being referred to the church for their wedding.

In nearly all cases, a marriage that is legally performed in Dubai will be recognised elsewhere in the world, but it’s always best to check. You may also need to inform your embassy of your intention to marry. The British embassy in Dubai, for example, will display a ‘notice of marriage’ in the embassy waiting room for 21 days prior to the marriage (the equivalent of ‘the banns’ being published in a parish newsletter). However, generally this is only needed if the couple is planning to marry outside of the UAE. A Dubai church wedding will only require the affidavit. Afterwards, providing no-one has objected, they will issue a ‘certificate of no impediment’ that may be required by the church carrying out your ceremony.

Read the rest of this section to find out how to organise your wedding.

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