According to Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, in 2012,
- 16,761 Emirati females and 17,279 Emirati males were born bringing the total to 34,040 births
- 27,272 expatriate females and 28,207 expatriate males were born bringing the total to 55,479 births.
Marriage as a prerequisite
Under the UAE law, marriage is the only legal bond for a man and a woman to establish a relationship and form a family. The man and woman must be legally married to each other to get legal recognition for their child.
Identification documents and insurance
Residents have 120 days from the birth of their child to arrange the formal documents: passport, visa, Emirates ID and medical insurance. If the visa is not finalised within this time, then a fee of Dh100 per day would be charged.
Getting a birth certificate
After the baby is born, the hospital will provide a stamped and signed birth notification.
Government hospitals will issue birth certificate as a next step.
However, for babies born in private hospitals, parents will need to apply to Ministry of Health and Prevention or the health authority in their emirate of residence for a birth certificate by presenting the birth notification.
For getting a birth certificate for babies born outside the UAE, refer to the travelling abroad page.
You can check links below for related services.
Updating family book (UAE nationals)
After you get the birth certificate, you should visit the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs with the same set of required documents to add the new born to the family book.
For more information, you can check below links:
Based on the birth certificate, you can apply for a passport of the baby.
UAE nationals can apply for their children's passport through General Directorates of Residence and Foreigners Affairs/Citizenship Departments. They can also apply online through the Ministry of Interior's website.
Expatriate residents need to apply to their embassy in the UAE.
For more information, refer to the links below:
Mabrouk Ma Yak Service
Ministry of Interior is leading the work of facilitating the issuance of all identification documents for newborn Emiratis under a service package titled ‘Mabrouk Ma Yak’.
Newborn Emiratis usually need these five services:
- issuing birth certificate
- inclusion of the newborn in the family book
- inclusion of the newborn in the population register
- issuing Emirates ID
- issuing passport.
All these services can be obtained through one application to one entity in just one day. The cost for this bundled service is around AED 265 as opposed to AED 1000 when applied separately before.
How to get this service
Follow these steps to get the identification documents for a newborn Emirati:
- After the child is born, Ministry of Health and Prevention or the local health authority shall enter family data according to the documents you submitted to the hospital in the mother’s file.
- The ministry or authority shall confirm validity of data via Ministry of Interior’s Government Service Bus.
- You will receive an SMS confirming completion of the procedure. The SMS will include a link for the applicant to complete his/her request online.
- Register on SmartPass.
- Log in to Mabrouk Ma Yak Service portal and fill in the newborn’s data and attach documents.
- Pay online.
- You will receive an SMS requesting you to appear at General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs along with the original family book.
- You will receive all identification documents such as birth certificate, passport, ID of the newborn.
Conditions to get the service
- The parents of the newborn must be of UAE nationality
- They must have a valid marriage contract
- The father of the newborn should submit the application for identification documents.
This service comes in line with the directives of the UAE mGovernment to enhance connectivity among government entities to provide quick and easy services to customers.
Updated on 08 Nov 2017