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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Compulsory Marriage Testing in Qatar

If you want to get married in Qatar and you want to do so without a battery of medical tests, you ought to do it quickly.

Qatar plans to introduce compulsory medical screening for couples planning to get married from the 13th December.

And it's not just for Qataris - locals and residents will also be affected.

While this might have raised eyebrows in the West, it's perhaps not that bad an idea in a country where it is normal to marry within the family, with a huge proportion of people still marrying their cousins - a tradition thought to increase the risk of developing certain diseases.

If you want more information on how to tie the not in Qatar check out our recent article: Getting Married in Qatar.