Aug 05, 2006
Hello All and Thanks for the Help
To close this out and help anyone in the future who may have a similar issues.
Firstly if you are pregnant and not married, and the local autorities find out about it, you can be prosecuted and imprisoned. If you are in this situation and do not or can not get married. The best thing is to go back to your own country as soon as possible.
If you are in my situation (you are with a long term partner but are not married and wish to have the baby here) you can do the following. This is all fact cause i have just been through this.
Firstly as soon as you know you are pregnant, get married as soon as possible! After you are married, a lot of problems go away.
Now as annoying as it is in the UAE there are no civil marriages, neither the dubai or abu dhabi embassy will perform a civil services. Does not matter if you are both british.
To get married in Dubai you need to do it in the Church.
To do this you need to do the following:
1. Go to the british embassy, get your wedding banns posted (costs 580dhs). The banns will be posted for 21 days. Brit embassy is open between 9am & 3pm. tel: 04 309-4444. Take both passports. You sign an affidavit stating that you are not married and have no legal reason why cannot be married. You pick the banns up after 22days, then you can get married.
2. Immediately after the banns are posted, speak to the Holy trinty (dubai) tel:043341544 or Christ Church (jebel ali) 048845436. You need to visit the holy trinity church (close to wafi) between 5pm & 7pm on a friday. Speak to the reverend, they are very sympathetic about this sort of thing. As long as your bans are okay (you have the embassies approval to marry). You can get married after that (next day after picking up the bans if need be). To get married costs 1000dhms, copy of passports, embassy approved wedding banns, copy of 1 persons baptism cert, two passport photos.
3. Go to the chuch on your wedding day and get married. Try not to drink too much at the reception (dads only of course!).
Once you have started the banns process the autorities recognise this and will leave you alone.
Now at the American Hospital, unofficially they do not mind if you are not married at the time of your antenatal stuff. But you will need to be married before the birth, to issue the notification of birth.
As for registering the birth, (this info is straight from the brit embassy) if the authorities notice that there is a large discrepency between the conception date and married cert date then they will be ackward about issuing the birth cert. You will not be locked up or prosecuted, they will just insist on extra paperwork (such as DNA tests, prints of the babies feet).
They will ultimately issue the cert, but be ackward about this. Birth embassy have dealt with 6 cases of this of far in 2006.
I think they do this to teach you a lesson about being in sexual congress outside of marriage. Hey i totally disagree with this but it's their country and their rules, if you don't like it go home.
The above only applies to my situation. Long term unmarried couples, both UK passport holders with UAE residency visas and christians.
Again thanks for all the help.