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Consular documents attestation for the UAE

Consular documents attestation for the UAE is a popular service at present. The UAE are gaining popularity worldwide as a financial and business center. Consular legalization is required for documents issued in a foreign country to be recognized in the UAE: it is the process of certifying documents by a number of government agencies.

In this article, we will delve into aspects of the consular legalization process, such as procedure and timelines.

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Consular documents attestation for the UAE

Posted 20 May 2024

Why is there no apostille in the UAE?

Apostille is a stamp recognized by several countries, simplifying the procedure of consular legalization. With an apostille, there is no need for a longer and more complicated consular legalization process. However, an apostille is only recognized in countries that are signatories to the Hague Apostille Convention (full title of the convention: Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (The Hague, 5 October 1961)).

The UAE are not a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961. This is precisely why, if foreign documents need to be used in the UAE, or if documents issued in the UAE need to be used outside the country, consular legalization of the documents is necessary.

Does this complicate the process? Yes, undoubtedly. But with the help of professionals, there is no need to go through all the stages independently; it is enough to simply wait for the issuance of the ready documents.

Procedure of Consular Documents Attestation for the UAE

Consular legalization of documents for the UAE is carried out in the necessary sequence. For example, a birth certificate is legalized in the following steps (please keep in mind those may slightly vary through different countries):

  1. Making a copy of the original certificate;
  2. Translating the copy into English or Arabic;
  3. Notarizing the translated copy;
  4. Authenticating the signature and seal authenticity;
  5. Confirming the authenticity of the seal and the signature;
  6. Authenticating and legalizing the document at the consular section of the Embassy of the UAE;
  7. Authenticating the document at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE (MOFA).

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Timeframe for Consular Documents Attestation for the UAE

How long do the aforementioned steps take?

The average time for the complete legalization process is 4 weeks. It is possible to expedite this process to 1 week.

What to Consider?

Before starting the consular documents attestation or the UAE, it is important to consider a few points:

  • Translations are usually required in Arabic. However, it is best to confirm this with the party requesting the document;
  • Document verification at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a straightforward step that the document owner often completes themselves. However, our company offers assistance at this stage if needed. In this case, no additional actions will be required after the documents are issued;
  • If the original document issued in your country is outside the country, it is usually not necessary to send the original back. A notarized copy can be certified in the country where the document is located. This way, there is no risk of something happening to the original document during courier shipping.


Consular documents attestation for the UAE is a necessary procedure for the recognition of documents issued outside the UAE within the UAE. If you need assistance with this process, GFLO Consultancy is out there for you. We have successfully legalized over a 100 documents for the UAE in the past year, and our offices in Dubai make the process as seamless as possible.

GFLO Consultancy experts are pleased to assist and help you with any inquiries, just get in touch or leave a request through the form right below.


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