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CountryFocus: United Arab Emirates and Qatar


Off Duty Notary visited Doha in December 2009


The fabulous Doha Corniche in Qatar -looking across from the city centre to the ‘down town’ or business area

Doing Business in the UAE or Qatar?

The most common document the notary deals with, particularly in relation to business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, is a Power of Attorney (PoA). A PoA is needed in order to get a legal document signed abroad in your name, but in your absence. For this to take effect you will need to appoint someone to act on your behalf; that person is called an “attorney”. This does not mean that the person you appoint must be a lawyer- it could be a trusted friend or a relative. The process of validating a power of attorney differs from one country to the next; however documents for the UAE are amongst the most complex. Fear not; we have particular expertise in dealing with documents for companies and documents for individuals in connection with the Gulf region.

Notarising Documents for United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
For a Power of attorney to be legally acceptable within the U.A.E you will need to sign the document in front of a Notary Public. The notary has the PoA “legalised” at HM Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – that is to say the FCO will further stamp the document with an endorsement called an “Apostille”; this verifies that the notary’s signature is genuine. The Power of Attorney will then need to be stamped at the U.A.E. Embassy before it can be sent to off your agents.

Fees vary according to what needs to be done; FCO fees are charged per document: as (at May 2010 the standard fee is £30 per notarial signature). As for U.A.E embassy fees, they vary from £30.00 to £410.00 depending upon the urgency and whether your documents are personal or for a Company.

Notary Co UK can provide an express service (FCO fees are £75 per document) we are located close to the Foreign Office and the UAE consulate and regularly attend the legalisation desks at both.

Please contact us for a full break down of costs and time scale – we may ask you to scan your documents to us as UAE consular fee can vary.


Going to work the UAE or Gulf region?
A big attraction of going to work in the Gulf is that there is no income tax and, until 2009, it was seen as an exciting and invigorating place for upwardly-mobile Brits with professional skills. When you are offered a job, the company that employs you probably will process the formalities required for getting you the work permit and this involves initially getting you a residence permit. Before a visa can be granted, you will need all your academic certificates certified by a notary. Note that to make certified copies of birth certificates (any type of certificates with a crown) the notary will need to see the originals.

The UAE authorities are extremely particular about the documents necessary and, in the absence of even one; this can have this can result in your application being refused. Hence, you should be extremely careful that you have all the documents describe below with you:

1. Passport, which should have at least six months validity.
2. If you are accompanied by your spouse and children each one of them should have a separate passport.
3. There should not be any Israel visa entry on the passport.
4. Marriage certificate if your spouse is accompanying you.
5. If you are a female employee and will have your children staying with you, you will need a letter of consent from the father of the children which is certified, notarised and attested.
6. Notarised copies of your academic certificates.

Please contact us at Notary Co UK if you need any further information on any Gulf country.

 

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