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UAE Attestation Services for Commercial Documents

UK companies can only do business in the UAE once their commercial documents have been attested by the UAE embassy in London. This authenticates the paperwork in order to prove that it’s genuine, and will be accepted by UAE authorities. You must complete this process to apply for a UAE business visa.

Here at GulfVisa, we provide attestation services for all kinds of commercial documents, including contracts, invoices and certificates of origin. You can also leave it to us to obtain verification from the British Foreign Office (FCO) and the UAE embassy in London. We also offer international delivery via DHL if you live outside of the UK.



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How to use our UAE commercial document attestation service

1Fulfil the following requirements
You must have your documentation stamped by a solicitor if it is a single page, or by a notary public if multiple pages need to be legalised. Please note, we are unable to complete this stage of the process, as the document holder must be a witness. 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, which can be downloaded by clicking the button on the right.

Once we have received these, we will then have your documents certified by the FCO and the UAE embassy so they are fully attested.

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2Choose your UAE commercial document attestation service

It is possible to request attestation by the UAE embassy alone, but only if you already got them attested by the FCO yourself. We also offer a fast delivery service taking up to two working days, or a standard service that takes seven. Note: our fast service is currently unavailable as the embassy is operating on a reduced basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All-Inclusive GulfVisa Price: £650.00  per document
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3Post (or drop off) the requirements to our GulfVisa office:

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Why do I need commercial document attestation for the UAE?

Documents can only be legally used in the UAE if they have been attested. This process confirms their validity, and ensures that they will be recognised by UAE authorities. 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 UAE document attestation?

Anyone looking to start a company or trade in the UAE will need to provide documents that have been attested by the embassy. For example, you can’t launch a business without an authorised memorandum of association, or trade with others without attested invoices.

Which commercial documents require attestation in the UAE?

  • 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
  • An agency or 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 reports
  • By-laws

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. After you’ve made this decision, and have received a stamp by a solicitor or notary public, we will continue the attestation process using the same document.

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