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Obtaining a death certificate

If the death of a friend or family member occurs outside of the hospital, you must immediately call the police by dialing 999. When the police arrive, they will fill out an initial death report and transfer the deceased to the Rashid Hospital Mortuary.

If the death occurs in a hospital, that hospital will take the responsibility of filling out the initial death report and transferring the deceased to the Rashid Hospital Mortuary. From this point forward, the process for registering a death varies depending on the deceased’s religion and whether he or she was an expatriate or not.

Burial customs for Emiratis follow Islamic tradition and include ritualistic washing of the body and immediate burial, followed by group prayer. Since Islam requires that the body be buried immediately, the death certificate and registration procedures can be performed after the burial.
 
For expatriates, it is best to contact the deceased’s embassy or consulate so they can tell you what steps you will need to take in addition to those required by the UAE.


Obtaining a Death Certificate

After the deceased has been transferred to the Rashid Hospital Mortuary, either by the police or by another hospital, Rashid Hospital will determine the cause of death and issue a report, confirming the death. You will need to submit the initial death report (either from the police or the original hospital), the deceased’s passport and visa (original and copy) and a fee of Dhs.60. The Rashid Mortuary will then issue a death certificate declaration. Have the police stamp the declaration at the hospital.

Take the death certificate declaration to the local district police station. Submit the death certificate declaration and the deceased’s passport and visa page. The police will issue a no objection certificate (NOC) addressed to Al Baraha Hospital. You should also request NOCs addressed to the airport for the transportation of the body, the mortuary for embalming, and the hospital for release of the body. The attending officer should help inform you of the NOCs you will need.

Take all of the documents to Al Baraha Hospital, Preventive Medicine Department, where the staff will issue the official death certificate. If you plan on returning the deceased to their country of origin, you will need to have the death certificate translated.
 

For expatriates, the local embassy or consulate must cancel the passport and register the death in the home country. The embassy must also produce an NOC if you wish to have the body flown back to the country of origin.

 

Procedure for obtaining death certificate – Dubai Health Authority
Contacting Dubai Police – Dubai Police
Al Baraha Hospital, Preventive Medicine Department – LWE contact page
Consulates in Dubai – Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

 

Published Date : 13/06/2017Back


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