The UAE offers international businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators a gateway to the emerging Middle East markets. For those seeking to set up a company or branch office, perform business or obtain a visa in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE, the government requires attestation of documentation. This mandatory requirement ensures the authenticity of personal documents, certificates and commercial documentation required for company set-up, residence visa, employment, and more.
Attestation is the process for validating the authenticity of documentation. The process (also referred to as legalisation or consularisation) can be a complex procedure with a variety of different stages dependent on the type of document or the original issuing country. As the UAE is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, attested documents are required for most processes in the UAE for companies and for individuals, therefore it is essential to obtain official recognition of these documents for use within the UAE.
The procedure for the attestation of documentation will depend on the country of issue and the type of document. Types of documents that require attestation include:
At PRO Partner Group, our end to end document attestation process consists of the following steps:
The process of attestation is also referred to as legalisation, as well as consularisation (which refers to the embassy of consular stamping part of the process). The process of attestation is also sometimes referred to as notarisation, although in the UAE, local document notarisation is exclusively undertaken by a local UAE notary public – see our page here for more information on UAE document notarisation.
Using a professional attestation service from the UAE can reduce the stress of ensuring that all the requirements for attestation are met and reduces the risk of costly delays or errors. PRO Partner Group can assist in offering a door-to-door attestation service for legalisation of overseas documents through our network of trusted partners.
For further information and assistance with your document notarisation, legalisation and attestation/ consularisation within the UAE and overseas, or for any other document related government liaison matter in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, the wider UAE, Oman and Qatar, please call us on +971 (0)4 456 1761 in Dubai, +971 (0)2 448 5120 in Abu Dhabi, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the contact form below.
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