Couples can now get married online via video in the UAE during Covid-19 lockdown
People around the world have been forced to postpone and worse, even call of their weddings because of the Covid-19 pandemic. There's some good news for Muslim couples who were planning on getting married in the next couple of months. The United Arab Emirates has now launched an online marriage service that allows couples to wed amid restrictions on movement and interaction imposed to counter the deadly coronavirus.
WAM has now reported that the justice ministry will let citizens and residents set a date for an online wedding ceremony conducted via video link with a cleric after their paperwork is submitted and approved taking the entire process online.
So how will it all work? Basically couples and their witnesses will be interviewed by a cleric to confirm their identity and then post the ceremony, the couple will receive confirmation of their marriage certificate via text message. They just have to ensure all fees are paid online and the contract is signed electronically, which will then be sent via email to the Sharia court.
The service can be accessed by logging on to the website of the Ministry of Justice moj.gov.ae and clicking on the e-services option.
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.
However it's not clear yet if this process will be available to people of all faiths.