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UAE Embassy Commercial Document Attestation

GulfVisa provides a document attestation service for commercial documents from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in London, UK. Different business / company / commercial documents may require attestation from the UAE embassy in the UK before being accepted in the UAE. These can include contracts, invoices, Power of Attorneys and any other business-related document issued within the UK.

Gulfvisa offers a fast (1-2 day service) and a standard (7 working day service) service. We can attest all the required documents from the required organisations including the British Foreign Ministry (FCO) and UAE Embassy. Our service is secure, fast and all-inclusive. However, please note that a document attestation company such as ours cannot get your documents attested by a solicitor or notary public on your behalf. They must be your own solicitor or notary public whom you can prove to that the documents are genuine first. From there we can take over!

Please note that we offer an option to deliver your documents overseas (via DHL). You can select this option during checkout on our website.

How to get your commercial documents attested from the UAE embassy - 3 simple steps

1Prepare the following UAE commercial document attestation requirements
Prepare the following requirements to send to GulfVisa. Please click the download box on the right for the form.
  1. Your Original Commercial / Company / Business Document(s)
  2. Completed GulfVisa Document Attestation Form (please click download box on the right)

There are three organisations in total that must attest your commercial document (only once the first two have been completed can the document be attested by the UAE embassy.)

Firstly, YOU MUST attest your document from a Solicitor / Notary Republic (you must be present at this and a document attestation service provider like ourselves cannot do this for you)

Secondly, send us your business/commercial document(s) by post - address here

We will then attest your document(s) from the British Foreign Ministry (FCO)

Finally, we will attest your document(s) from the UAE Embassy in London


Note: The first step includes attestation from either a solicitor or notary republic. This step must be carried out by yourself (Gulfvisa and any other document attestation company cannot undertake this step on your behalf as it requires your presence). Whether you need a solicitor or notary public depends on whether the commercial document you would like to get attested is a single-page document or multi-page document (i.e. more than 1 page). Therefore please get your documents attested from the solicitor according to the following:

You will need to get your commercial document attested by a Solicitor if your document is a Single (1) Page Commercial Documents

You will need to get your commercial document attested by a Notary Public if your document is a Multi-Page (2+) Commercial Document 


Certificates you can get attested - include:

Registration or Incorporation / Company Record of Achievements / Company Trade or Financial Report / By-Laws / Memorandum & Articles of Association (as one doc) / Memorandum or Articles of Association / Certificate of Good Standing / Power of Attorney for the purpose of opening a Branch Office or a Company in the UAE

An Assignment or Authorization for registering Trade Marks & Patents / An Undertaking Certificate / Agency Agreement or Company Contract / An Authorization for the purpose of Transfer, Sell or Purchase of Company Shares / Incumbency

Note: The above list highlights the most common and popular documents that are usually attested. However, the UAE embassy will usually allow attestation of any UK business / commercial / company document.

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2Order your UAE commercial document attestation service now
Please select the service you require below. GulfVisa offer a standard (7 working days) and a fast (1-2 working days) service.
Please Note: If you select 'UAE Embassy (only)', your document must already be attested by the FCO.
All-Inclusive GulfVisa Price: £559.00  per document
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3Post (or drop off) the requirements to our GulfVisa office:

Does my copy or original get attested?

The first step includes attestation from either a solicitor or notary public (depending on document length - see step 1 above). This first step must and without exception, be done by you and cannot be carried out by us. Depending on whether you choose to attest the original commercial document or a copy of it, we will continue attestation at the FCO and embassy on that document (copy or original) that you started attestation with. Basically, we will continue on from where you started - on the same document.

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Documents that can be attested can be divided into two categories: personal attestation or commercial attestation. The following are the various types of commercial documents that can be attested:

  • Certificate of Name Change

  • Certificate of Incorporation

  • Memorandum and Articles of Association

  • Companies House Documents

  • Resolutions and Minutes

  • Annual Returns

  • VAT Certificates

  • Accounts or Tax Returns

  • Contracts and Bills of Sale

  • Licences and Agreements

  • Certificate of Residency

  • Purchase or Sale documents

  • Other Company Documents

  • Powers of Attorney

  • Patent & Trade Mark Documentation

  • Coursework

  • Agreements

  • Companies House Certificates

  • Company certificate of registration or incorporation in UK,
    Board of directors, Memorandum of association, company power of attorney,

  • An agency – Distribution agreement
    company record of Achievements or company profile
    Assignment or an authorisation for trademarks or patents
    good Manufacturing practice (GMP) certificate

  • Company Trade or financial report

  • By-Law

If you are unsure as to whether your document is acceptable for attestation (not listed above), please give us a call or email us at info@gulfvisa.com and we will provide you with an answer.

Why do I need to attest documents for UAE?

The UAE has a set of rules on the types of documents that can be accepted and how they should be presented.

The only way to confirm whether a document is legal and genuine is through a process of verification. This is a three-step process. Firstly, the document is taken to a solicitor to certify it, before stamping it from the FCO (British Foreign Ministry) and UAE embassy in London. For example, copies of passports, academic qualifications and some company documents may require a solicitor certification before we can stamp it from British foreign ministry (FCO) and finally from UAE embassy in London. Our service takes care of all these aforementioned steps of legalisation.
If you need any clarification on how much an apostille for your document will cost, please check our documents attestation page.


Who may require commercial document attestation?

Business owners operating in the UAE are highly likely to be asked to produce certain certificates that have been attested by the UAE embassy in the UK. Institutions like employers, schools, companies and governmental departments often require these attested documents.

This could apply to someone wishing to send commercial goods to the UAE, someone who wants to open a branch of their business in the UAE, or someone who wants to establish a property business in the UAE. All documents need to be stamped from a Solicitor or Notary and the Foreign Common Office (FCO) before we stamp it from the UAE embassy in London. UK commercial documents must be attested by the UAE embassy in the UK, not UAE embassies in other countries.

Depending on your needs in the UAE, different types of documents need to be prepared. If we take the earlier mentioned example of going to set up a business branch in the UAE, these are the documents you would need attested:

Company certificate of registration or incorporation in UK,
Board of directors,
Memorandum of association,
company power of attorney,
An agency – Distribution agreement, Board Resolutions or minutes of board meetings, company record of Achievements or company profile, Assignment or an authorisation for trademarks or patents, good Manufacturing practice (GMP) certificate, Company Trade or financial report, By-Law, power of attorney for registering trademarks, certificate of good standing, certificate of free sale and certificate of price list, Board of shareholders

There are a wide variety of terms which are used to describe ‘document attestatuib’. These include document legalisation, authentication, stamping, verification and certification.


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