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Coronavirus: Dubai puts temporary stop on weddings and divorces

Measures announced by justice department to prevent spread of coronavirus

Coronavirus: Dubai puts temporary stop on weddings and divorces

Couples who have already completed marriage formalities must not organise wedding parties "even among their immediate circles".

Coronavirus lockdowns may make or break relationships, but in Dubai marriages and divorces have been suspended "until further notice" to avoid gatherings that could spread the disease.

Dubai's justice department said on Wednesday that the decision was among the "measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic" rolled out in the emirate which is under a strict lockdown.

Justice Khaled al-Hawsni, of the family court, also said on the department's website that couples who have already completed marriage formalities must not organise wedding parties "even among their immediate circles".

The United Arab Emirates has recorded more than 2,600 cases of the coronavirus, and 12 deaths. 

All citizens and residents other than those in essential services require a permit to leave their homes.

Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country, has come to a virtual halt with its famous mega-malls and sprawling hotels shuttered.

Life under the lockdown has raised many questions among anxious citizens - one Emirati man contacted police to ask whether he needs a permit to visit his second wife.

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