Foreign Commercial Document Attestation for documents being used in the UAE

Foreign Commercial Document Attestation for documents being used in the UAE

Foreign Commercial Document Attestation for documents being used in the UAE

All entities registered in the UAE require legalisation of commercial documents issued outside of the UAE. If you are planning to set up a foreign branch of your business in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or the wider UAE, PRO Partner Group can support with the full notarisation, legalisation and attestation process for all your commercial documentation.

Commercial documents that require attestation include Board Resolutions, Power of Attorneys, Shareholder’s Certificates, Certs of Incorporation and Memorandum and Articles of Associations.

How do I get my foreign company documents attested for use in the UAE?

  1. The first stage of the commercial document attestation process is verification by a solicitor or notary public in the country of origin
  2. The commercial document is then authenticated by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the country of origin. Depending on the country of issue, the document may also require the Chambers of Commerce to review and attest it.
  3. Legalisation by the UAE Embassy in the country of origin is also required to verify that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stamp is genuine.
  4. The commercial document will be safely returned to PRO Partner Group in the UAE and presented to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for the final attestation stage.
  5. Legal translation of the commercial document is the final stage of the verification process. The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) will review and stamp the commercial document.

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 local UAE document notarisation.

What are the fees and timeframes for commercial document attestation?

The full verification process for your commercial document will take approximately 7-15 working days to complete. This timeframe will vary depending on the type of commercial document and the issuing country. The exact rate will be shared, once the document has been reviewed and the scope of service has been outlined.

Translation of documentation

As part of the UAE attestation process, all documentation must be presented to the relevant authorities in English or Arabic. Documents presented in any other language will not be accepted and therefore attestation cannot be completed. PRO Partner Group will ensure that the translation stage of your attestation process is completed as part of the overall legalisation of your commercial documentation. We will ensure that your documentation is translated efficiently and to the required standards.

How can PRO Partner Group assist?

Using a professional Commercial Document Attestation assistance service in the UAE can reduce the stress of ensuring that all the requirements are met for notarisation and reduces the risk of costly delays or errors. PRO Partner Group can assist in offering a full Commercial Document Attestation service for completion of documents for use in the UAE. We assist fully in reviewing, uploading and preparing the relevant documents, ID and supporting approvals, as well as coordinating with the individuals required to sign, and scheduling the notary and consular appointments to ensure the timely execution of the documents.

For further information and assistance with your document notarisation, legalisation and attestation/ consularisation within the UAE and overseas, or 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 or complete the contact form below.

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