Currency: UAE dirham
Languages: Arabic, English
Flight time: 9 hours from Johannesburg
If you're looking for a glamorous and luxurious destination in which to host your wedding abroad, then you might like to consider Abu Dhabi. More than just sun and sand, this fascinating island capital is surprising lush and green, cosmopolitan and with some surprising additions. There's the relatively new Sheikh Zayed Mosque which offers its visitors a chance to look around inside, and there's the charm of the traditional souks where you can grab yourself a bargain. With many luxurious hotel resorts in which to celebrate your happy event, weddings abroad in Abu Dhabi are truly memorable. There's a plethora of places to visit and activities to do, so why not extend your stay and enjoy a honeymoon here too.
It's relatively easy to get married in Abu Dhabi provided you have me the requirements and conditions set out by the Government. Civil marriage do not exist and the Sharia Court in Abu Dhabi perform a ceremony according to Islamic Laws, regardless of the nationality of the applicants. The main requirement is that both applicants need to be residents of the UAE. The documents required include passports and birth certificates together with a certificate of marital status which must be attested by your country's consular either in your home country or in the UAE. Once documents are in order, they are submitted to the Sharia court along with a marriage application. 2 witnesses are needed. There are several churches in Abu Dhabi where Christians can get married. For more information visit http://www.visitabudhabi.ae/en/plan.your.visit/important.info/married.aspx