How to marry an expat here in Qatar?

Hey Guys!
I just wanna ask this bothering question.. my boyfriend is a Turkish Guy and I'm a Filipina we both have Qatari Resident Permit and we are deeply in love with each other, but the problem in my work here in Qatar they don't release NOC and they won't let us to meet other men. Is it possible for us to get married here and resign in the company I am in?

Answers will be highly appreciated! Thank you.


Marriage Laws and Expat Marriages in Qatar

Getting married is not a very complicated process in comparison to several other procedures in Qatar. However, it may require few trips to embassies, photocopying, digging out certificates, and the usual passport-sized photographs.

Each country has its own regulations, but you may be required to produce birth certificates and divorce papers, residents permit, passport etc. Also check out about the procedures with your local embassy, as some require 21 days notice about your intention to get married.

Please Note: You need to Obtain Certificate that you guys were never married before, if so you need to show divorce Paper xyz.. 

Sharia Law

As per Sharia Law, a Muslim man can have up to four wives, provided, he can look after them materially and treats them equally. However, this practice is no longer being followed, as very few are able to afford it, and women are getting more independent and assertive, and refuse to accept such rules. Now, a Muslim woman can insert a clause in the marriage contract, restricting her husband from marrying another woman, for as long as the contract is valid. The wife can also retain her own name after marriage.

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 here allows marriages of Muslims only. Although marriages between Muslim men and Christian women are permitted by Sharia Courts in other Muslim nations, they are not allowed in Qatar.

Expat marriages in Qatar

Although a Muslim woman may not marry a non-Muslim man, unless he converts to Islam, the reverse may not be the case. On the other hand, majority of non-Muslim women are often pressurised into converting their religion. Also, it should be noted that in the event of breakdown of a marriage between a non-Muslim woman and a Muslim man, the children are usually kept by the husband in his home country.

Expatriate workers can usually be married in Qatar, provided, they meet the civil and religious requirements here. The Embassy and consulate staffs also sometimes perform civil marriage ceremonies, when certain requirements are met. Religious ceremonies can be arranged, but, only at churches or similar non-Muslim places of worship.

Christian Marriages

Non-Muslim marriages granted official recognition by the State of Qatar, are Christian Marriages, performed in Churches, registered with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by clergy recognized by the Ministry to perform non-Muslim marriages.

For non-Muslims, a Christian wedding may be the only legal way to wed in Qatar. Certain churches, such as those mentioned below, including the Catholic and Anglican Churches are licensed to carry out such weddings, although each have their own rules, and charge a fee to cover costs.

For a Christian marriage in the State of Qatar, you must, first contact either the Catholic, Anglican, Coptic or Orthodox churches in Qatar, and arrange the marriage ceremony. Following the ceremony, a marriage certificate may be issued. Translate a copy of the marriage certificate into Arabic through a translator, recognized by Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI). Register the marriage certificate and Arabic translation at the Office of Land Registration and Legalization at the office of Ministry of Justice in West Bay. The Ministry will stamp the back of marriage certificate with a registration number, and keep the copy and Arabic translation for its records. For more detail, visit the website

Here are the contact numbers of some recognized churches in Qatar:

Anglican Church – 4416 5726
Catholic Church - 4490 1907
Greek Orthodox - 4487 2032
Coptic Church - 5584 0395


yeah ofcours you can get your NOC

Hi Xylene,
I just saw your post. I can help you with your concern im married to a turkish national here in Qatar. Our phil embassy will not allowed marriage with foreign national here. So your option is sharia law provided that your bf is a muslim. You have to obtain 1. Certificate of no marriage or cenomar attested by DOFA (redrubbon) 2. Father consent allowing you to marry + his valid ID copy 3. Father representative + his qatar labor ID copy-your father should appoint your fiance's friend (muslim) to act as your father representative during the marriage. To have this form you have to ask your family or friend to obtain this thru atty. in Phils. You have to print signed and send the same to your contact in phils. Your father needs to signed as well. Dont forget to attached the ID copies of yourself,your fiance and your acting father, since These needs notarization from Phil supreme court and by the atty. and Red Ribbon. You have to invest money plus effort in following up these docs. Dnt forget to have a copy of your NsO live birth. Sharia did ask NOc from my company before, only authorization from your father as i have mentioned above is enough. Your fiancee will just need to give a photocopy of his live birth, ID copy, PP and visa page copy and his turk citizen iD Copy only that. If u have more question feel free to PM me. InshAllah all of this will help you

In addition to my comment. You and your finacee have to undergo a premarital screening (genetic screening) in one of the clinics in Qatar. We did ours in one big clinic near Lulu airport. I dnt want to mention the name here. It cost us Qar 2000 back in 2012 i dnt knw the charges nowadays but its really worth it. The result will come out aftr two weeks (not sure right now) you have to include this result which is sealed (do not open) along with your attested papers and submit to sharia court. There is one Filipino there who can assist you with your papers, he is also the translator. Goodluck!

Your reply...yes


May I know if there is any update regarding the topic in the thread?

I mean to ask whether there is any change in the rule or anything.

hello i ask a.Question only what if fatherless i still need to get father consent?or i will just bring my guardian?can i ask your watssapp no?if its ok we are planning to marry here also in qatar and my fiancee is a turkish citizen ..looking forward for your reply thanks

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