A modification in the new law in UAE that came into force, which allowed couples to divorce and marry in non-Sharia civil ceremonies, is predicted to kick the number of marriages in the coming months.
The decision that men and women will marry in short civil ceremonies handled by the court services in the UAE was made in December but took into effect on February 1.
The new law is effective nationwide with the expansion of Abu Dhabi’s civil marriage system in which 5,000 expatriate couples tied the knot in the Civil Family Court of the capital city last year.
Liz Nunez, the co-founder of the Easy Wedding, said, “Anything that facilitates the process for non-Muslim exists to get married here is to be welcomed. “
“This is positive news as it allows many more people who live here to get married in the courts here.”
In 2019, Ms. Nunez, from Paraguay, wanted to marry in a civil ceremony in Dubai but could not because she was a non-Muslim. This urged her and her husband, Florian Ughetto from France, to tie the knot in a ceremony in Georgia.
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Mr. Ughetto said precisely, “We built the company that we wished was there to help us at a time.”
“The challenge for us is usually more in case of resolving the legal situation of the couple than arranging flowers.”
The newly introduced laws also cover family matters like marriages, divorce, child custody, and inheritance.
It is anticipated that there will be a massive hustle to book the dates at civil courts as expatriate couples benefit from the new law in UAE and get married in the UAE instead of going to their home country for a civil marriage.
The standard service of the Abu Dhabi court, which costs around Dh 300, is fully booked until the end of April for civil marriages.
Owais Khan, an Indian event planner who has consulted many weddings in the UAE, confirmed that “Previously most non-Muslims would have chosen locations in the fancies of Europe to get married, as they couldn’t have a civil ceremony here.”
“Now they can get married here as things have been easier for them.”
“These new laws ensure equality for all men and women in the UAE.”
The above report states the modification in the new law in UAE, which got implemented on February 1 and allowed non-Muslim couples to divorce and marry in the civil court.