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.
Maternity leave and entitlements
Read about maternity leave and entitlements in the public and private sectors.
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.
Birth certificate and residence visa for newborn expatriates
Residents have a maximum period of 30 days to register their child's birth in the UAE. If the parents are of different nationalities, the child will adopt the nationality of the father.
To process the birth certificates, a parent must submit the following identification papers to the hospital where the child is born, or to the relevant health authority in the emirate:
- attested Arabic translated marriage certificate, if it is in a language other than Arabic
- copy and original of husband's and wife’s passport and residence visa
- birth notification details from the hospital
- discharge summary from the hospital.
All expatriates must get birth certificates attested by Ministry of Health and Prevention and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Birth certificates stamped by Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (HAAD) or Dubai Health Authority (DHA) are equivalent to the seal of Ministry of Health and Prevention.
Residents have 120 days from the birth of their child to arrange the formal documents which includes birth certificates, passports, Emirates ID and visas of their new born babies. If the residence visa is not finalised within 120 days, then a fee of AED100 per day would be charged for each day over the 120-day period, and the baby will not be allowed to exit the country. Read details about how to sponsor a residency visa for your children in the UAE.
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:
Updated on 11 Sep 2019