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Is It Important to Attest Your Documents In UAE?

UAE is considered one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Because of the great business expansion opportunities,
a lot of people come here for a business purpose, to find jobs and other many reasons.
As UAE is open to a huge business market, the verification of legal documents is an important requirement.
The attestation services play the role of document verification here in UAE.
They verify all the documents that originate from other countries which include birth certificates of employees, company’s licenses, article of incorporation and much more.
Taking attestation services will certify your documents in a way that they will be accepted all over UAE as authentic.

How to Obtain Attested Documents?

Document attestation is not an easy process. Your documents need to get certified by going through different government offices. Taking all the documents to the government offices in a perfect order would be very tiring for noobs. Also, the chances of mistakes are huge too. That is why it would be better for people to take help from attestation companies in Dubai. They would carry out all the lengthy processes on behalf of their clients and the chances of mistakes will be omitted as well.

If a company or a person carries out the attestation procedures at their own, they might waste their money and time as well. The attestation companies and the attestation service providers are well aware of the types of attestation services a company or a person needs. They know all the locations and can expedite the whole process on behalf of their clients in a very effective manner.

While you go on an attestation service hunt, you would see a lot of companies providing the attestation services. What makes the good attestation companies be different from the others is the attention to details, personalized services, and a great experience. They know what sort of attestation services are needed for educational documents verification, service sample or contract documents. Every service provided will be properly streamlined and will help the clients grow their businesses for sure.

if you want to get more information you can check: FAQs About Attestation that You Need to Know

Things You Need to Know When Getting Your Documents Attested.

Any document that was issued outside the UAE needs to attest in the country first, where it was issued. The documents are to be submitted by hand or sent to the required location i.e. UAE Embassy in that country or the where there is not UAE Embassy, then to the nearest UAE Embassy in any neighboring country. Money orders can also be accepted by companies. The envelope sent should be prepaid as well as self-addressed. Do not put the name of UAE embassy or address anywhere on the envelop or on the airway bill as it may result in delays.

The total time taken by the company for the document processing is 3 business days (minimum) but can vary depending upon the country where the UAE Embassy is located. Also, you can contact the UAE embassy consular section as well.

Steps for The Legalization of Documents

  • Before sending the documents to the UAE embassy, do not forget to attest the documents from the respective department of state. In most cases, it is the Ministry of Foreign affairs of that country.
  • Attest all the documents separately.
  • Send the documents to the authentication division or department.

The procedure to get documents attested by the respective department of state and how the process of handling the documents is can vary from department to department and countries.

  • Once your documents are attested by the department of state, send or bring the documents with all the required items to the UAE embassy for the final step of authentication.

Required items;

  • A money order with the required fee to the UAE embassy.
  • Prepaid self-addressed return envelope with the documents.
  • Write your name and address for both the sender and the recipient on the return envelope or the airway bill.

Once you get your documents attested by the UAE Embassy,
depending on the requirement for attestation and the nature of documents,
they might be needed to attest by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in UAE as a final step.
Some documents will be required to be translated in Arabic Language and their true copies in Arabic be attested along with the original ones.

Importance of Document Attestation

Foreign Security

You get secured as a foreigner because of having attested documents.
It increases your credibility and helps you feel secure about acquiring certain permissions in UAE as a foreigner.
If you would not be able to carry out the attestation process on your own, get the attestation services in UAE from a trustworthy agency.

Easy Residence Facilities

If you do not attest your documents, you may not be able to travel to another country. If you wouldn’t be able to travel, you cannot get the residence facilities.


After the proper attestation of the documents, you will be recognized as a nation on the international level.

Transparency of Purpose

Attested documents make your purpose like trade, travel, education, migration clearer.

No Family Suffering

Your attested documents may save your family from suffering due to certain legal requirements in the UAE to live with you as a Foreign National Family. You will be considered a foreign national only if your documents are attested.

HHS Lawyers and Legal Consultants

When in the UAE you will find a number of reasons for what you may need the attestation services. The lengthy legal processes of document attestation may seem complicated to so many people. For easing such situations, the attention agencies are carrying out their work in the best way.
They are knowledgeable which in itself is a huge help for those who do not have so much of the idea about attesting the documents and cannot afford to spend more than usual time for attestations of their documents.

Hazim Darwish

Hazim Darwish, is a Senior Partner of HHS Lawyers in UAE. Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on legal drafting, contract drafting, labor disputes, family law, and regulatory compliance for business organizations. Hazim Darwish also provides counsel on legal rights and obligations in the UAE to clients, including individuals and businesses subject to investigation or prosecution under Criminal Law by major regulators.