It costs a little money. Not a lot, but enough that you should plan on it. Basically, Jenia needs all the things that I needed–passport photos, copies of her passport, and a couple of other documents. Here’s how to go about it if you’re an ADEC teacher and your spouse is following you.
1) Have the marriage certificate that you got authenticated in the USA attested and translated. Infinity Services, in the Marina Mall in Dubai (and other places) is a good reputable place. It costs 210 dirhams for the attestation and 100 for the translation.
2) Follow the instructions that ADEC provides. If you’re unaware of those, the gist is this: fill out an application online, then, after that is approved, provide original documents to ADEC. They’ll get a visa prepared.
3) The last step is a medical exam, followed by submitting your spouse’s passport to ADEC so that they can put the final visa in it.
The prevailing wisdom is to get #1 done right away, since it might not take very long for us to get our passports back, and if step #1 is already complete, the rest is pretty easy (or at least so I’m told).
I’ll write another entry after I get to experience more of the process.