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What to Do When a Loved One Passes Away in the UAE

When a person dies, the UAE has created a series of necessary measures that must be taken.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a challenging experience that involves emotional upheaval and the necessity to address formalities and legal matters.

The UAE has established a set of mandatory steps to be followed when an individual passes away, whether they are citizens, expatriates, or visitors. 

The process has been digitized and streamlined to alleviate potential challenges during such difficult times.

Reporting the Death:

Immediate reporting of a person’s death is crucial. Two scenarios may unfold: death outside a hospital and death inside a hospital. 

In both cases, reporting to the police is necessary, and authorities will initiate an initial death report and, if applicable, move the body to a government morgue.

Obtaining the Death Certificate:

After the police issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC), loved ones can apply for an official death certificate. 

The process varies depending on the emirate, involving authorities such as the Dubai Health Authority, the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi, or the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Essential documents and fees are required for this step.

Attesting the Certificate:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation attests to the death certificate, a crucial step for sending individuals to their home country. 

This process involves translation, obtaining an NOC from the embassy or consulate, and registering the death in the deceased’s home country.

Cancelling the Visa:

Cancellation of the deceased’s residency visa is managed by the Department of Naturalisation and Residency, a step that varies by emirate.

Burial, Cremation, or Repatriation:

Close relatives should contact the embassy or consulate of the deceased’s home country to inform them of the demise. 

Depending on preferences and documentation, burial, cremation, or repatriation of the body to the home country can be arranged.

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