Death may be a topic that we rarely discuss, but it is definitely something that we should think about. More specifically, we should at least consider what happens after we die, or when our loved ones pass away. This includes making arrangements for burial services.
Here in Dubai, local burials can be arranged at the Christian cemetery in Jebel Ali, on land that is provided by the government. It is a charity-financed cemetery that helps with burials. Keep reading to know more about the requirements and procedure regarding burial services.
Guide to Arranging a Christian Burial in Dubai
To arrange a Christian burial in Dubai, please take note of the following prerequisites, required documents, and procedure:
- The deceased was a member of a Christian community.
- He/She was a resident of the UAE.
- His/her death certificate has been collected.
- His/her death has been registered with authorities in Dubai.
- Original and photocopy of the deceased’s cancelled passport and residence visa
- Original and three (3) photocopies of his/her death certificate
- Original and photocopy of NOC from sponsor (stating that all financial obligations have been settled)
- Go to the Dubai Police Headquarters.
- Obtain an NOC requesting the Dubai Municipality to authorize the burial.
- Submit the NOC, along with the required documents, to the Municipality Cemetery Office and collect a clearance letter.
- Pay the necessary fees: AED 1,010 Dubai Municipality fee; AED 1,110 for adults or AED 350 for children (burial fee).
- Contact the Christian Cemetery caretaker (04 337 0247) regarding funeral arrangements, including preparation of a coffin and gravestone.
- To hold a memorial service, contact your church (e.g. St Mary’s Church Dubai).
DISCLAIMER: The above guide is presented for information-sharing purposes only. To know more about arranging a Christian burial in the emirate, please visit the official websites of the Dubai Government as well as St. Mary’s Church Dubai.