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Planning a Hindu Marriage in the UAE? Legal Requirements and Considerations

Ensuring a legal and cultural union: A comprehensive guide to Hindu marriages in the UAE

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on April 26, 2024, 14:21:58


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In the UAE, Hindu marriages are usually governed by personal status laws and regulations that vary depending on the emirate. While Hindu marriages are not officially recognised by the UAE government, couples often undergo a religious or cultural ceremony to mark their union. However, there are certain legal requirements that couples may need to fulfill, which can include:

Documentation: Couples may need to provide certain documents, such as passports, birth certificates, and a no-objection certificate (NOC) from their respective consulates or embassies.

Registration: Some emirates require Hindu marriages to be registered with the relevant authorities. This registration process may involve submitting a marriage application along with the required documents.

Legalisation: In some cases, couples may need to have their marriage certificate legalised by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the relevant embassy or consulate.

Validity of the Marriage: It's essential to ensure that the marriage ceremony adheres to the customs and rituals recognized by Hindu tradition. Additionally, couples should consult with legal experts or religious authorities to understand the validity of their marriage under Hindu law.

Consent: Both parties must consent to the marriage without coercion or duress. Consent is a fundamental requirement for the validity of any marriage.

Age Requirements: In the UAE, the legal age for marriage is generally 18 years old. However, there may be exceptions for minors under certain circumstances, such as parental consent and approval from the courts.

Witnesses: Witnesses may be required to attest to the marriage ceremony. These witnesses must be of legal age and have the capacity to understand the significance of their role.

It's crucial for couples planning to marry in the UAE to consult with legal experts or religious authorities familiar with the local laws and customs to ensure they fulfill all necessary requirements.

Additionally, couples may consider obtaining legal advice from professionals specializing in family law or international marriages.

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