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UAE Attestation Services for Commercial Documents

A UK company can only do business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) once all documents related to the company have been attested by the UAE embassy in London. This proves the paperwork is genuine, ensuring it will be recognised by the authorities. You must have completed this process in order to apply for a UAE business visa. Here at GulfVisa, we provide attestation services for contracts, invoices, and other commercial documents to be used in the UAE. Simply send over any business materials which have been stamped by a solicitor or notary public, and leave the rest to us. Our fast and secure service obtains legalisation by both the British Foreign Office (FCO) and the UAE embassy in London. Documents are only valid in the UAE once they’ve been through both stages. We also offer international delivery via DHL if you live outside of the UK. 

Please note that there are a variety of terms used to describe “document attestation”, such as document legalisation, authentication, stamping, verification, and certification. All of these phrases refer to the same process.



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How to use our commercial document attestation service for the UAE

1Prepare the following UAE commercial document attestation requirements
It is your responsibility to ensure that documentation has been stamped by a solicitor if it is a single page, or a notary public if multiple pages need to be legalised. We are unable to complete this stage of the process as the document holder must be present as a witness for all notarisation. You should then send us the following items:
  1. Original copies of the commercial documents you wish to attest, stamped by a solicitor or notary public as required
  2. A completed GulfVisa document attestation form. You can download this by clicking the button on the right

Once we have received these, we will arrange to have your documents certified by the FCO and then the UAE embassy.

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2Choose your UAE commercial document attestation service

It is possible to request attestation by the UAE embassy alone, but only for documents which have already been legalised by the FCO.

We also offer a fast delivery service (1-2 working days) or a standard service (7 working days).

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3Post (or drop off) the requirements to our GulfVisa office:

Do I attest the original document, or a copy?

It is up to you whether you wish to attest the original version of your document, or a copy instead. After you’ve made this decision and received a stamp by a solicitor or notary public, we will continue the attestation process using the same document.

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Why do I need to attest commercial documents for the UAE?

Documents will only be legal for use in the UAE after attestation has been completed. This is because the process confirms their validity, and ensures that they will be recognised by the authorities. Legalising documents for the UAE first requires having them stamped by either a solicitor or notary public, depending on the number of pages. Our service will then take care of the subsequent steps, including obtaining certification by the FCO and the UAE embassy. Commercial documents issued in the UK must be specifically attested by the UAE embassy in London. Embassies in other countries will not be accepted.

Who requires commercial document attestation in the UAE?

Anyone looking to start a company, establish a new brand, or trade in the country will need to produce documents that have been attested by the embassy before they can do business in the UAE. Examples of documents that require this verification include the company certificate of registration or incorporation in the UK, the board of directors, and memorandum of association.

Which commercial documents require attestation in the UAE?

The following are examples of business or company documents that you may need to attest:

  • 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 your documents are not listed above, or you have any queries about our UAE attestation service for commercial documents, please give us a call on 020 337 11 554 or email us at info@gulfvisa.com.

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