Given the sweeping changes seen around the world, as well as the strict measures taken by UAE to curb the spread of Covid-19, it is no surprise that the country has launched an online wedding service.
The service launched on by UAE’s Ministry of Justice will allow couples to wed remotely amid the restrictions on movement imposed to counter the coronavirus. Activating the service on Sunday, April 12, the Ministry of Justice also said that both citizens and residents can set a date for an online wedding ceremony conducted via video link with a cleric after their paperwork is submitted and approved — also online. “The service includes a remote marriage contract, where the authority can communicate with the couple and the guardian at one time, and the finalization of the marriage contract without the need for all parties to take place, in order to avoid contact and ensure social distancing by all concerned members,” said the ministry according to Wam.
#وزارة_العدل تعلن توفر خدمة عقود الزواج عن بعد للحد من حضور المتعاملين الى المحاكم وتسهيلاً على المواطنين والمقيمين إتمام معاملاتهم الشخصية القانونية والقضائية في ظل الأوضاع الحالية. #خلك_في_بيتك #ملتزمون_ياوطن pic.twitter.com/2nVMbyEXdu
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The procedure will require registration on the Ministry of Justice website, after which the couple will have to book an appointment with the Ministry who will then appoint a cleric for the wedding ceremony. Once the cleric confirms the identity of the couple and witnesses, and the contract is signed electronically by the couple, a marriage certificate will be relayed to a specialized court for validation. This court will verify the information, ratify the marriage contract and send its confirmation to the couple through a text message.
The launch of this service follows the suspension of marriage and divorces “until further notice” in Dubai on Wednesday, April 8. According to Wam, the online wedding service was launched “to maintain the health of the public and that of people working in courts and to limit the presence of employees.”