How to get married in Saudi Arabia?

If you are intending to get married in Saudi Arabia, there is one thing crystal clear that the girl or boy with whom you want to get married must already be in Saudi Arabia and must be Iqama holders.

Here in this article, we shall discuss procedures assuming that bride’s sponsor (wakeel) is living in Saudi Arabia and has a valid residence permit. The requirements are different if the wakeel does not have a residence permit.

Following People Must be Present in the Marriage Court

If you and your wife are of the same nationality, this is perhaps the simplest marriage to perform. You don’t really need to do anything for this. You just need to go to the special court dealing only with marriages and divorces. If you are from different nationalities, you need to check from your embassy in Saudi Arabia. Normally, there are no requirements for countries.

You need to go to the special court along with the Groom, the bride, the Bride’s Kafeel (Father, Brother, etc) and 2 witnesses. It should be kept in mind that all of them should have real residence permits (Iqama) with validity with them.

If one of you is Egypt national, you need to bring your passport as well. It is better to take copies of all the required documents.

Mahar is the money or any other item including gold and jewels given by the groom to the bride as a gift. This money is the property of wife and wife has full discretion to spend it in any way as she wants. It is better to negotiate about the Mahar first.

Important: Recently, the Saudi Government has permitted Arab Speaking expats to hold home based marriages. In this regard, they will have to contact the personal status courts in Riyadh and Madina. These courts will assign respective Sheikh to conduct the ceremony. – Arab News

The Procedure for Getting Married in Saudi Arabia

Girl’s father will go to the first window and fill an application in Arabic. You can ask for the help of some other person if you are a handicap in Arabic.

In this application, he will have to write the name of the bride, his own name, the name of the groom and residence permit numbers of all of them. This application along with the residence permits of all above five members will be given to the guy in the first window. He will register you and ask about the Mahar.

Bride’s father will let them know about the agreed Mahar and your application will be electronically processed.

After this, you will be required to go to the secretary of Qazi. Secretary again, will check the accuracy of the electronically filed application and make sure that all the written names are as per residence permits. He will also make sure that above mentioned five persons are physically present in the hall. After that, he will ask you to wait for your turn in the waiting area.

Groom’s name will be called after some time from the Qazi’s office so you need to be active at that time. All five persons will enter into the room and Qazi will ask about all the persons individually.

He will ask the groom and the bride about marriage acceptance. He will also ask from the father of the bride, whether he has received the Mahar.

Here it is very important to know that the bride’s father must say that he has received the Mahar. Otherwise, he will ask the groom to pay the Mahar first and then come for the marriage.

If everything goes fine, you will be congratulated by the Qazi. You will be given 3 copies of the marriage certificate duly stamped by them and an original marriage certificate.

These copies are very important since you will have to present them on numerous occasions to the authorities. We have discussed it in some other article. Enjoy your marriage!!!

Once you are done with this, you will have to go through the process of “Transfer of Wife’s Sponsorship to your Name”. We have explained the procedure in this link.

You CAN get married now even if you are a dependent!  If the husband is under his Father’s sponsorship then his wife cannot be transferred but the Marriage can take place and is valid. You can go to the special court (MOJ) for more information.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.