This page provides information about the legal provisions of having a baby in the UAE and the process for apply for the identification documents of the baby.
What is Mabrouk Ma Yak?
Mabrouk Ma Yak is an integrated eService for newborn Emiratis. Under this eService, a newborn Emirati can get:
In addition, his/her name will be registered in the population register.
Parents will have an option to apply for paternity and maternity leaves and child allowance to Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (applicable only for employees of the federal government).
Pre-requisites for the service
In order to get this service,
Follow these steps to get the identification documents for a newborn Emirati:
Entities participating in the service
The service is provided as a consequence of cooperation among Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ministry of Finance, Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Post, Emirates Health Services, Federal Authority for Government Human Resources and other federal and local entities.
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.
Read about pregnancy and maternity care in the health section.
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.
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:
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 (Doh) 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.
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:
For information, refer to the sponsoring your family in the UAE in the visa and Emirates ID section.
Read about maternity leave and entitlements in the public and private sectors.
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