Marriage is a beautiful thing when done correctly. Every country has it’s own rules and regulations and Qatar has too.
Expat marriages in Qatar:
As Qatar is a muslim country, Qatari- Muslim womens are not supposed to marry a non-muslim. However, it is possible only if a non muslim gets converted to muslim religion. Expats can get married in Qatar but they should make sure that they meet all the civil and religious requirements of Qatar. The Embassy and consulate staffs will attend the marriage ceremonies as a proof, when certain requirements are met. Religious ceremonies can be arranged at non-muslim places.
For non-musims, christian ways of wedding is the only legal way to get married in Qatar. Each church has it’s own rules and regulations. For a Christian marriage in Qatar, you must, first contact either the Catholic, Anglican, Coptic or Orthodox churches in Qatar, and arrange the marriage ceremony. Once the cermony is done, marriage certificate will be issued. Marriage should be registered at the the Office of Land Registration and Legalization at the office of Ministry of Justice in West Bay.
Contact numbers of churches in Qatar:
Anglican Church – 4416 5726
Catholic Church – 4490 1907
Greek Orthodox – 4487 2032
Coptic Church – 5584 0395
IDDCC – 4431 9190
After the cermony, marriage certificate will be issued with it’s arabic Translation. You should submit the copy of the marriage certifiacte to the Embasy you belong to. Also, before getting married, you need to register with Ministry of Foreign Affairs to perform non-Muslim marriages.
Muslim Marriages in Qatar:
Muslim marriages in Qatar are performed at the Sharia Court, located on Al Rayyan Road, near Mannai Ra in the Musheirib area. The Sharia Court allows marriages strictly for muslims only. And they follow Sharia law.