The simplest answer would be NO!
Here everything you need to know if you are an unmarried couple living in Dubai.
Dubai laws for tourists and residents
Dubai and other emirates in the UAE are governed by Islamic laws known as Sharia laws which forbid two unmarried people of opposite sex to live together. The ‘Tawajed Clause’ prohibits indeed two people from opposite sex to live together without being legally married.
Dubai attracts many tourists and expats from all over the world. No matter if you are visiting UAE as a tourist or if you are a long-term expat, the same law applies for everyone..
Dubai is a regional hub which attracts many people from different countries, origins, orientations and religions. Depending on the reason for being in the city, if someone is inviting his girlfriend or boyfriend to live with, they need to know that it’s illegal. However, most people who are coming to Dubai for a short-stay, like tourists, have no issue at all. Yet, if someone complains or if a couple gets caught by law makers in Dubai, they will be in great trouble and face fine, jail or even deportation. In 2018, a 20 years old man and a 19 years old woman, both Pakistani, 'were initially charged with having sex out of wedlock, but a medical examination found that they had not, Ajman Criminal Court was told.'
'A young, unmarried couple have been jailed for a month and will be deported after completing the sentence after they were convicted of living together for three weeks and kissing' Thenational.ae
What type of marriages are legal in Dubai?
Not every marriage is considered legal and is accepted by Dubai law. Same-sex people, even if legally married back home, will face great difficulty if found in an inappropriate situation in Dubai. UAE’s laws only recognize heterosexual marriages which have been registered and can be verified with legal certifications if needed. However, no one is going to ask you for a marriage certificate, unless you caught the attention of Dubai’s legislators. Back home, marriages or religious marriages are only considered legal if you have proper marriage certification in your possession. Same-sex marriages are not recognized in UAE due to the Shariah law, even if a proper and valid certification has been issued in your home country.
What unmarried couples do to settle in Dubai?
Are you considering coming to Dubai ? Are you planning to bring your partner to UAE to live together? You definitely want to know what this would take. No need to organize a lavish marriage to officialize your relationship in front of UAE authorities, a marriage certificate is enough to abide by the law. You also do not need to get married in the UAE, if you have a marriage proof from back home or any other country, this will be enough.
Do you know someone struggling to live in the UAE as an unmarried couple? You can always talk to our team to discuss and find a way out.