Having a baby in the UAE
Kipp’s reveals the long legal and medical road to motherhood in the UAE.
January 26, 2009 3:55 by Dana El Baltaji
It is of utmost importance for a woman to be married if pregnant in the UAE. According to UAE’s laws, an unwed mother will probably be persecuted and/or deported if she is reported to the authorities. There have been many cases of unwed mothers going to jail, during and after pregnancy, followed by deportation if she is a foreigner.
It is mandatory to show a marriage certificate when dealing with a hospital or clinic because hospitals are required to report any unwed expecting mothers. However, if a pregnant woman gets married before giving birth, she may encounter a few problems with the law, but she’ll be better off than unwed mothers. Most cases of unwed expecting mothers reported in UAE are of women from the sub continent.