LOCKDOWN: UAE launches on-line wedding ceremony as a way of promoting social distancing


Amid the lock downs in almost every of the world, the United Arab Emirates has launched an online marriage service that allows couples to wed as the emirates shuts down due to the Covid19 pandemic.

This comes after Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, said on Wednesday it suspended “until further notice” marriages and divorces in the emirate. No announcement has been made about divorce proceedings.

Following the new development, the justice  on Sunday that 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, according to the UAE’s official news agency WAM.

The procedure will see a cleric confirm the identity of the couple and witnesses, before a marriage certificate is relayed to a specialised court for validation.

The couple will receive confirmation of their marriage certificate via text message.

The service was launched “to maintain the health of the public and that of people working in courts and to limit the presence of employees”, WAM reported.

Since the global pandemic spread to the UAE, more than 3,700 confirmed cases have been recorded with 2o deaths.