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The United Arab Emirates – Guide for Expats

Posted on the 27 September 2019 by Dubai City Company @iqdubaicity


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The Western Region in the UAE


The Emirate of Dubai extends along the Arabian Gulf coast of the UAE for approximately 72 kilometres. Dubai has an area of c. 3,885 square kilometres, which is equivalent to 5 per cent of the country's total area, excluding the islands.
Dubai city is built along the edge of a narrow 10-kilometre long, winding creek which divides the southern section of Bur Dubai, the city's traditional heart, from the northern area of Deira.
The Ruler's office, together with many head offices of major companies, Port Rashid, the Dubai World Trade Centre, customs, broadcasting stations and the postal authority are all situated in Bur Dubai. Deira is a thriving commercial centre containing a huge range of retail outlets, markets, hotels and Dubai International Airport. Bur Dubai and Deira are linked by Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud bridges, as well as Al Shindagha tunnel which passes under the creek.
Jebel Ali, home of a huge man-made port, has the largest free-trade zone in Arabia housing an ever growing list of international corporations which use the zone for both manufacturing and as a redistribution point.
Jumeirah beach is a major tourism area with a number of spectacular award winning hotels and sports facilities.
Inland, the mountain resort town of Hatta is an extremely attractive location. Adjacent to a lake reservoir, the Hatta Fort Hotel is set in extensive parkland and provides a perfect base for exploring the nearby wadis and mountains, which extend into Omani territory.






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The UAE Government

The UAE History & Heritage

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Source: UAE2010 Yearbook - UAE National Media Council

Foreign Policy

Regional Policies

Global Community

Foreign Aid

Source: UAE2010 Yearbook - UAE National Media Council



In 2008, the UAE's trade balance increased by 35.3 per cent, from Dh170.85 billion (US$ 46.5 bn) in 2007 to Dh231.09 billion (US$62.9), due largely to a 33.9 per cent rise in the value of exports and re-exports and a 39.7 per cent rise in the value of oil exports, coupled with a 37.1 per cent increase in the value of gas exports. Free trade zones saw a 16.4 per cent increase in exports, which reached Dh97.46 billion (US$26.6 bn) in 2008. Meanwhile, re-exports reached Dh 345.78 billion (US$94.2 bn); a rise of 33.4 per cent. Rising domestic demand due to increases in population and income levels, together with a positive growth in the re-export trade, helped push the value of imports up by 33.4 per cent to reach Dh735.70 billion (US$200.4 bn).


Inflation in the first eleven months of 2009 stood at 1.7 per cent-down significantly from previous years. Lower housing prices and food costs contributed to deflationary pressures in the economy. In 2008, inflation stood at 10.8 per cent, as substantial revenues from higher oil prices fuelled economic growth, creating shortages of property and services. At the same time, the weaker US dollar and higher global food prices made imports more expensive. The UAE Central Bank's stated policy has been to keep official interest rates at low levels in order to revive economic growth.

Industry and Diversification

Real Estate

Several major projects were completed in 2009, one of the most impressive being Yas island, a leisure resort in Abu Dhabi and home to the Yas Marina circuit, which hosted the Formula One Grand Prix in November 2009. Major infrastructure schemes where completed, including the Dh28 billion (US$7.62 bn) Dubai Metro, the driverless transport system spanning the heart of the emirates; Sheikh Khalifa bridge, linking Abu Dhabi Island with Saadiyat and Yas Island; and the Palm Jumeriah Monorail. The tallest building in the world; the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, opened during the first week of 2010.


Tourism is an important growth sector for the entire UAE economy. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have both gone through rebranding exercises, focusing on prime-quality hotels and leisure resorts. From the tropical island resort of Sir Bani Yas in western Abu Dhabi, the desert hideaways of Qasr al-Sarab, in the Liwa Oasis, and Al Maha and Bab al-Shams in Dubai to the well-sited coastal resorts of Fujairah, Ra's al Khaimah and Ajman, the UAE offers superb facilities in some remote and beautiful locations. Flagship projects such as Emirates Palace Hotel, Burj al-Arab, Madinat Jumeirah, and the Bruj Khalifa have helped to raise the profile of the country, with the result that the Federation has much to offer even the most demanding of guests. Over 11.2 million visitors are expected in 2010, underpinning the success of the UAE's attempts to boost investment in the hospitality industry.

Ease of Doing Business

Outward Investment

Investment in overseas markets has long been integral to the UAE's strategic drive to create a security net for future generations, specifically those who one day face the prospect of depleted hydrocarbon reserves. Among the major international investment bodies in the Emirates are: the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Invest AD, The investment Corporation of Dubai, Dubai Holding, Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group (including Dubai Properties Group, Sama Dubai, Tatweer, And Duabi Holding Investment Group), and Dubai World. In addition, Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) and the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) pursue energy development abroad.

Financial Sector

Stock Markets

Stocks listed on the Dubai Financial Market ended the year up 10.2 per cent, but were still more than 70 per cent down from the previous year's highs. Stocks on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange rose by 14.7 per cent in 2009, but were still down 46 per cent from 2008 highs.

Oil and Gas

With a fraction of the land mass of some of its Gulf neighbours, the UAE is nonetheless the region's fourth-largest exporter of crude oil, after Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq.
The UAE has the world's sixth-largest proven reserves of conventional crude oil, and the seventh-largest proven reserves of natural gas. Although only the world's nine-biggest oil producer, it is the fifth-largest net oil exporter, with only Russia and Saudi Arabia exporting substantially more. Its crude exports closely approach those of Iran, and Kuwait, which all have bigger reserves.
In 2009, due to exemplary compliance with the record production cuts pledged by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to stabilize oil markets, the UAE's oil output fell to about 2.3 million barrels per day (bpd) from 2.9 million in 2008. It gas production stood at roughly 7 billion standard cubic feet per day. The UAE is pressing ahead with plans to expand oil and gas production capacity, but it has extended the time frame for oil development while giving higher priority to gas projects.
In early 2009 the Federation's proven gas reserves stood at 227.1 trillion cubic feet - sufficient gas for more than 130 years of supply at recent production rates. Among other things, this means the Emirates' gas shortage is not due to a lack of gas reserves, but to insufficient development, although many of the gas reserves are of a type that is costly and difficult to produce. Abu Dhabi is pivotal in boosting the UAE's overall oil and gas production capacity, because it contains about 94 per cent of the Federation's oil reserves and more than 90 per cent of its gas reserves. It is expanding capacity for both oil and gas production.
Meanwhile, Dubai's oil production, which once accounted for about half that emirate's GDP, has fallen dramatically from its 1991 peak of 410,000 bpd; by 2007 it had dropped to 80,000 bpd. While it continues to pump gas from offshore fields, Dubai also consumes more fuel than it produces, and it is increasingly dependent on imports to make up the difference. The emirate already purchases several hundred million cubic feet per day of gas from Dolphin Energy, an Abu Dhabi company that imports gas by pipeline from Qatar.
Four of the UAE's remaining five emirates also have minor amounts of oil and gas production; Fujairah does not produce oil or gas, although an onshore exploration programme is currently under way. However, the world's second-largest bunkering port is located on its coast. The port of Fujairah, on the Arabian Sea, handles about 1 million tonnes per month of marine transportation fuel and other oil products. The arrival in 2008 of gas imports through the Dolphin Energy pipeline from Qatar has facilitated power and water development in the emirate and stimulated local industry.
IPIC, owned by the Abu Dhabi Government, is building a strategic crude-oil pipeline to deliver up to 150,000 bpd of oil from Abu Dhabi's onshore fields o a new export terminal in Fujairah. The project aims to supply an export route for Abu Dhabi crude bypasses the Gulf's maritime choke point at the Strait of Hormuz. It is scheduled for completion in 2010, with the first tanker shipment from Fujairah expected in early 2011. IPIC is also developing an oil refinery and storage facilities at the Fujairah port.

Source: UAE2010 Yearbook - UAE National Media Council


Oil and Natural Gas

Each Emirate controls its own oil production and resource development. Abu Dhabi holds more than 90 percent of the UAE's oil resources, or about 92.2 billion barrels. Dubai contains an estimated 4 billion barrels, followed by Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah with 1.5 billion and 100 million barrels of oil, respectively.
Abu Dhabi has a history of welcoming private sector investment into its upstream oil and gas exploration and production sector. Indeed, Abu Dhabi was the only OPEC member not to nationalize the holdings of foreign investors during the wave of nationalization that swept the global oil and gas industry in the mid-1970's, and it continues to benefit from high levels of private-sector investment. Today international oil companies from the United States, Japan, France, Britain and other countries continue to hold combined equity stakes of between 40 and 100 percent in Abu Dhabi's vast oil concessions.
The UAE exports 60 percent of its crude oil to Japan, making it the UAE's largest customer. Gas exports are almost entirely to Japan, the world's largest buyer of liquefied gas, with the UAE supplying almost one-eighth of Japan's entire requirements.
Due largely to geographic realities affecting transportation costs, the UAE exports minimal quantities of oil and gas to the United States. Nevertheless, the UAE is an important oil and gas supplier to the international market and second only to Saudi Arabia in terms of spare oil production capacity. In addition, the UAE's aggressive plans to expand production capacity will contribute significantly to offsetting future, demand-driven increases in the price of crude oil.
The Dolphin Project, which imports natural gas by pipeline from Qatar to the UAE, was the first major cross-border energy deal between Gulf countries. The project will free up Abu Dhabi's gas for crude oil recovery and export. Occidental Petroleum of the United States and Total of France each have a 24.5 percent equity stake in the project, while the Government of Abu Dhabi holds the remaining 51 percent. The first commercial deliveries of Qatari natural gas began in the summer of 2007 and will continue throughout the 30-year term of the development and production-sharing agreement signed with the Government of Qatar.

Securing Oil Shipments

Expanding Oil Supply

Electricity: Rapidly Expanding Needs

Booming economic growth across the UAE has led to massive increases in the demand for electricity. Current estimates suggest that the domestic demand for power will more than double by 2020. With limitations on how much and how fast traditional energy resources, like natural gas, can be brought to market, as well as concerns about climate change, the UAE Government has launched various initiatives aimed at identifying alternative means for producing the power needed to fuel its economy.

Nuclear Energy

The UAE is assessing the possibility of developing a peaceful nuclear energy program. The UAE Government is acutely aware of the sensitivities involved in the deployment of nuclear reactors and even the simple evaluation of the possibility. Accordingly, the UAE Government has worked to make its peaceful and unambiguous objectives clear, in terms of its current evaluation of a peaceful nuclear energy program as well as its potential future deployment. The government released an in-depth policy paper to the public, addressing how the potential development of nuclear energy would be pursued safely, securely and peacefully. As part of its commitments for transparency, non-proliferation, security and safety, the UAE has determined that it will not pursue uranium enrichment and instead rely on the international market for nuclear fuels. Throughout the process, the UAE has worked closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other governments, including the United States.

Alternative Energy

Masdar Initiative

The UAE's Energy Policy

The UAE has long been an important supplier of energy and is now becoming an increasingly relevant consumer of energy as well. In its efforts to accelerate the development of additional hydrocarbon reserves and in its efforts to contribute to the development and implementation of alternative energy sources, the UAE hopes to continue its long tradition of responsible energy stewardship.

Source: UAE2010 Yearbook - UAE National Media Council
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The conservation and protection of the environment of the UAE is one of the most complex tasks it has faced to date. High temperatures and low rainfall create harsh conditions, requiring special adaptations for both animals and plants to survive. Even minor climatic changes may have a severe impact on the UAE's biodiversity. In addition, a low-lying coastline means that even a small rise in sea level could have serious implications in the coastal zone, where the overwhelming majority of the country's inhabitants live and where much of planned development is taking place. Indeed, scientific studies are detecting signs that sea level in the Gulf may already be rising.
The populations has grown from around 180,000 in 1968 to around five million today. As a result, the amount of land being used for residential, commercial and industrial use has increased dramatically. Reclamation and development have reshaped the UAE coastline in a very short time frame. Extension of the Federation's infrastructure in the form of airports, ports and highways has taken an additional toll on what was formerly natural habitat, while quarrying stone for construction has had a significant impact on much of the Hajar Mountains.

Notwithstanding the dynamics of change, the Government is committed to conserving the environment and a reaching a sustainable balance between environmental protection and the needs of development.
The federal Ministry of Environment and Water, along with local agencies - of which the most active is the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, responsible for nearly four-fifths of the UAE's land area - have continued to work on proactive programmes of scientific research and the preparation and implementation of ever-regulations and guidelines.
Educational campaigns have been designed with the help of non-government organizations such as the Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) to raise public awareness of the need to protect the environment and to reduce the consumption of energy and water.
Yasat Marine Protected Area, with its endangered dugongs, has been enlarged to include several more islands, and now covers an area of nearly 3000 square kilometers. EWS and the Fujairah Municipality have also declared the Wadi Wurrayah a protected reserve. Home to the endangered Arabian tahr, this the UAE's first mountain reserve.
Conservation of fresh water and marine resources is also high on the UAE agenda, while air pollution attributed to rock quarrying and cement manufacture has led to closure of certain establishment in Ra's al-Khaimah and Fujairah.
In addition, the Federation has worked for many years with other countries on the basis of bilateral agreements to protect particular species, such as the houbara bustard, which breeds in central Asia but migrates to the Arabian Gulf. The UAE has now been chosen as the Headquarters for a new international agreement on the conservation and protection of migratory species of birds of prey throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.

Source: UAE2010 Yearbook - UAE National Media Council

Media and Culture

Media Hub

The UAE is the commercial heart of the Middle East's media sector, serving as a regional hub for international media companies and as a fertile field for the development of domestic media industries. The rapidly growing sector is overseen by the National Media Council, which is responsible for issuing media licences, enforcing media laws, and running the external information department and the Emirates News Agency, WAM.
One of the country's largest media conglomerates is the Abu Dhabi Media Company, which owns and operates a range of television channels, a network of radio stations, a number of publications (Al Ittihad newspaper, The National newspaper, Zahrat Al Khaleej magazine and Majid magazine) and several other media-related business, including film-development company Imagenation, United Printing Press and Live.
Free zones have been instrument in media development, CNN has established a news hub in Abu Dhabi's new twofour54 media zone that has attracted many other media professionals. Dubai Media City now has more than 1200 registered business such as CNN, the BBC, MBC and CNBC. This is one of a cluster of media free zones run by Tecom, including Dubai Internet City, Dubai Studio City and the International Media Production Zone. These zones have been complemented by the development of smaller media free zones such as Fujairah Creative City and RAK Media City.
Film production, both on the international level and domestically, is encouraged, and it is supported by a number of organizations, including Dubai Studio City, twofour54, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), The Circle and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission.
Books, including translations of major works into Arabic, and promoted by organizations such as Kitab and Kalima. Major fairs for book publishers held in the UAE include the long-established Sharjah International Book Fair and the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, while the largest literary prize is the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, which went to Pedro Martinez Montavez in 2009.
The Dubai Press Club organizes, among other things, the Arab Media Forum, and hosts the Arab Journalism Awards, now in its eighth year and comprising twelve different categories.

Cultural Developments

Heritage and culture are central to national identity, and the UAE is making considerable efforts to preserve its traditional culture. At the same time, the Federation is undergoing a cultural renaissance, with a particular emphasis on investment in world-class resources and the forging of bridges between East and West.
The Federal Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development is active in these fields, creating opportunities for young Emirates to take part in cultural, intellectual, sports and entertainment activities, while also encouraging older citizens to participate as mentors, imparting their cultural knowledge to the younger generation.
To help foster music appreciation, ADACH organizes many musical events, including the Abu Dhabi Classics, which hosted the Middle Eastern debut of the New York Philharmonic in 2009. WOMAD's global music festival has also been held in Abu Dhabi. In addition, a series of concerts entitled 'Dubia Sound City' made a big impact in 2009. In terms of the visual arts, in early 2009 the 'Emirati Expression' exhibition featured eighty-seven local artists, from veteran painters to a new generation of photographers, graphic designers, video and installation artists. Meanwhile, the Sharjah Biennial, Art Dubai, Art Fair and a number of other exhibitions were held in collaboration with partners such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the Louvre, New York University Abu Dhabi, and Paris-Sorbone University Abu Dhabi. Contemporary art is also well represented at dedicated galleries throughout the Emirates.
Among the major international cultural initiatives by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development during the year was the organization of the UAE's first pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Other activities overseas included a week-long 'UAE Cultural Days' festival in Berlin and an Emirati-German art exhibition in Huamburg, where another Ministry initiative, the 'Dialogue of Cultures' project was also launched.
On the broader cultural front, world-class museums such as the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum are under development. Meanwhile, the already well-established Sharjah Museums Department oversees seventeen museums and cultural institutions, including a spectacular new museum of Islamic civilization.

Source: UAE2010 Yearbook - UAE National Media Council

People and Society


Nevertheless, the Federation's rapid population growth has brought demographic challenges. At the end of 2009, the population of the UAE was estimated to be 50.6 million, up from 4.76 million in 2008, or an annual growth rate of around 6.3 per cent; the growth rate of the local population was estimated at 3.4 per cent in 2009. However, despite this rapid increase, the UAE has maintained its position as one of the wealthiest nations in terms of GDP per capita income, which was estimated at Dh195,000 (US$53,133.5) at the beginning of 2009; second only to Qatar in the Arab world.

Social Assistance

Human Rights



Healthcare provision in the UAE is universal, and pre-and post-natal care are on a par with the world's most developed countries. As a consequence, the life expectancy at birth of 78.5 years has reached levels similar to those in Europe and North America.
The introduction of mandatory health insurance in Abu Dhabi for expatriates and their dependants is a major driver in the reform of healthcare policy. In addition, a federal initiative aims to ensure that every Emirati and expatriate in the country will be covered by compulsory health insurance under a unified mandatory scheme.
Healthcare facilities are already of a high standard in the UAE, and, despite the financial climate, health care remains a focus of investment, with a number of government and private projects being undertaken in 2009.
Preventive medicine and public health are considered critical to the long-term well-being of the UAE's relatively young population. Experts a rise in many lifestyle diseases in coming years. Although cultural barriers are slowly being eroded, they still affect serious issues such as cancer. Compulsory mammograms for women between the ages of forty and sixty and a federal smoking ban in public places are examples of the efforts being made to enhance public health in this regard. The UAE also has very rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and is rolling out strategies to deal with these issues. Primary health care is another crucial tool in public health policy, and smoothing the UAE is working hard to improve.
Public health authorities in 2009 were challenged by the threat of a swine flu (H1N1) pandemic. However, the three major health bodies - the Ministry of Health, the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi and the Dubai Health Authority - switched rapidly and effectively to preventive medicine, crisis management and disease control and an effective plan was put in place to manage the situation.

Source: UAE2010 Yearbook - UAE National Media Council

Health Care

Health Care Transformation in Abu Dhabi

Source: UAE2010 Yearbook - UAE National Media Council

Travel & Tourism

Visa/Passport for Traveling to the UAE

1) General Information

All Indians with Indian passports valid for more than six months can enter the UAE.

2) Visa on Diplomatic and Official Passports

The Embassy issues visas on Diplomatic and Official Passports only. The documents required for this are:

  • A Verbale from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (in case of Indian Government Officials) or from the concerned Diplomatic Mission (in case of Diplomats or Officials working in a Diplomatic Mission).Date of submission of the Note verbale should be within one month of the date of its issue.
  • Application Form typed in Capital Letters
  • Incomplete Visa Application Form will not be entertained.
  • Visa application form must be signed by the applicant on the space assigned for his/her signature.
  • The Particulars of Sponsor in UAE is a necessary requirement.
  • Govt. Officials should mention the Particulars of Sponsor as their Embassy or Consulate in UAE, with the Purpose of Entry and Full Address.
  • Coloured Passport Copy (Name Page, Personal Data & Date of Expiry) and Coverpage (colour).
  • One passport size coloured photograph (To be pasted).

3) Tourist Visa for Travel to the UAE

4) Cancellation of Visa

Loss of Passport

Procedure for the Loss of Passport, containing a valid UAE Residence visa.
In case of the loss of an Indian passport containing a valid UAE Residence visa, the following documents need to be submitted at the Embassy Counter:
  • A duly filled Loss of Passport form (in Typed Capital Letters), with the applicant's two contact numbers (at the bottom of the form).
  • Old and new passport's coloured copy.
  • UAE Residence Visa's coloured copy.
  • A letter from the sponsor in UAE, stating that the applicant left UAE with his permission.
  • A copy of the Original Police Report or FIR in English, attested by the Indian External Affairs Ministry (The date-of-issue of FIR should be before the date-of-issue of the new passport).
  • ARABIC TRANSLATION of the Police report of the lost passport with the seal of the Arabic Translator.
  • One Passport Size Coloured photograph.
  • Fee of Dh 300/-.
  • Once these documents are submitted at the UAE Embassy Counter, the applicant will be informed when the entry permit is ready.

Attestation / Legalization of Documents

1) Attestation/Legalization of Documents

2) Steps for Attestation/Legalization of Documents

3) Fees for Attestation of Documents

Fees for Invoices values with the Invoice Value

4) Commerical Documents

Factorization between people, while opening a company 2043.06 Factorization by taking the product, when sold within
the state 2043.06 Factorization by taking the product, when sold outside
the state. 2043.06 Power of attorney to open business within state. 2043.06 Modification of share capital. 2043.06 Introduction of a new partner. 2043.06 Franchise - establishing a company 2043.06 Open a new branch of foreign company in state. 2043.06 Open a new brands of foreign company outside the
local state 2043.06 Business License (where copies are distributed to more than one country to open a branch in every state). 2043.06 Achievement of the projects that have been
completed on the completion of each unit,
within the country or outside the country. 2043.06 Company financial budget 2043.06 Closure of a company 2043.06 Corporate financial budget of each fiscal year 2043.06 Tourist Licence Registration 2043.06 Commercial Agencies (Private/Public) Extraction of Licenses, Appointment of Branch Manager,
Opening a Brnach, Management of Quotas 2043.06 Commercial Licenses Cert. of Membership of the Chambers of Commerce.
Minutes of the Meeting of Board of Directors.
Memorandum of Association of the Company.
A copy of any of the pre-certified agencies listed above. 2043.06

Fees change anytime without any prior notice

5) Fees for Invoices

Certificate of Good Conduct

1) Getting the Fingerprints attested from the UAE Consulate

In order to get a police clearance certificate from any Emirate of UAE, the candidate has to get his fingerprints attested in black ink by the local police station of his city, then by the Ministry of Home of his state and then by the Ministry of External Affairs of India. The address of their Delhi office is Consular Section, Patiala House, Tilak Marg, near India Gate. Other offices of the Ministry of External Affairs are in Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The candidate can also directly approach the Fingerprint Cell in Patiala House to get his fingerprints done. Attested finger prints are then to be submitted in the UAE Embassy (either by himself, or through his blood relatives, or through any of our authorized agents) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Rs.3,750/- is the fee per certificate IN CASH, and the document would be returned back on the same day, between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

2) Sending the Attested Fingerprints to UAE

Once you have received the attested fingerprints back from the Agent, you have to send them to the appropriate agency in the UAE. Please include the following items.

  • The fingerprint form legalized by the UAE Consulate
  • A copy of your previous residence permit in the UAE
  • A copy of your recent passport
  • Two colored passport-size photographs
  • Any required fees (depends on jurisdiction)
Send your packet to the concerned Ministry of Interior agencies below. Before sending the documents, please call the UAE Office to receive information on required fees, and to make sure you're sending them to the appropriate jurisdiction.

General Department of Criminal Investigation

Permits and Certificates Section
Dubai Police General H.Q
P.O.B: 1493
Dubai, U.A.E
Tel: 971-4-2013484 / 2013564
Fax: 971-4-2171512 / 2660151
Email: [email protected]

Police Department - Abu Dhabi
P.O.B: 398
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Tel: 971-2-4414666
Fax: 971-2-4414938
Sharjah Police

We suggest sending the documents to a friend in the UAE, so that your friend can obtain the certificate from the Police Department on your behalf. This will greatly reduce the processing time compared to sending the documents directly to the Police Department.

List of Restricted Medication in the UAE


UAE-INDIA Bilateral Relations

Excerpts of the interview with Indian Ambassador to the UAE Talmiz Ahmed.

Economic & Trade

Trading links between India and UAE have existed since long. Growing Indo-UAE economic and commercial relations contribute valuable stability and strength to bilateral relationship between the two countries. The UAE enjoys a broad and comprehensive economic relationship with the India, based on mutual interests.
The current bilateral trade volume tells that this is exciting time in the history of UAE-India economic relations. According to government of India figures UAE is India's top trading partner for the financial year 2008-09, simultaneously The UAE government figures shows India as their top trading partner in 2008.
According to government of India figures, the bilateral trade between India - UAE for the financial year April 2008 - March 2009 was US$ 44.53 billion compared to US$ 29.11 billion during the same period in April 2007- March 2008, an increase by 52.95 %. According to UAE government figures, in 2008 the UAE - India bilateral trade rose 48 per cent from 2007 to reach around USD 32 billion, accounting for 15 per cent of the Emirates' total foreign trade.
Indian exports to UAE mainly include gems and jewelry, vegetables, fruit, spices, engineering goods, tea, meat and its preparations, rice, textiles and apparel and chemicals. Indian imports from UAE mainly include crude & petroleum products, gold & silver, pearls, precious and semiprecious stones, metal ores & metal scrap, electronics goods and transport equipment.
UAE investment in India is also witnessed a significant growth in recent years. UAE has invested over USD 5 billion in India through FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and FII (Foreign Institutional Investors) routes which makes UAE is one of the top investor in India. The major UAE companies invested in India are DP world, Emaar Group, Al Nakheel, ETA Star Group, SS Lootah Group, Emirates Techno Casting FZE, RAK Investment Authority, Damas Jewellery and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
India is also a third largest investor in UAE. Indian companies like L&T, Punj Lloyd, Hinduja Group, Pioneer Cement, Oberoi Group of Hotels, have bagged projects in the UAE. Following the emergence of UAE as a major re-export centre, Indian companies have emerged as important investors in the free trade zones such as Jebel Ali FTZ, Sharjah Airport, Hamariya Free Zones and Abu Dhbai Industrial City.
The notable reason of strong Indo-UAE economic ties is huge expatriate Indian population in UAE. Almost 2 million Indian expatriates currently live and work in the UAE, comprising more than 30 per cent of the national population and constituting the Emirates' largest expatriate group. The expatriate community also contributes to Indian economy. The total remittances to India from the UAE in 2008-09 were about USD 10 -12 billion, which is around one third of all the total remittances from the GCC countries to India which is around USD 32-25 billion.

Air Links between two countires

Education & Development

Strengthen cooperation between UAE's increasingly sophisticated educational institutions and India's universities and higher research institutions. Promote scientific collaboration, including in the areas of renewable energy, sustainable development, arid agriculture, desert ecology, urban development and advanced healthcare.

Sheikh Zayed - The Founding Leader

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Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Responsibilities of the UAE President

Biography of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Responsibilities of the UAE Vice President

The UAE Vice President performs all responsibilities of the UAE president in the latter's absence for any reason.

Biography of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

On January 4th, 2006, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became the Ruler of Dubai following the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Since becoming the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, groundbreaking initiatives have been rolled out at an astonishing rate.
The year 2007 witnessed unique achievements for Sheikh Mohammed both locally and regionally. On April 17th, 2007, Sheikh Mohammed unveiled the UAE Government Strategy Plan with the aim of achieving sustainable development throughout the country, investing federal resources more efficiently and ensuring due diligence, accountability and transparency across federal bodies.
The foundation's aim is to promote human development by investing in education and the development of knowledge in the region by cultivating future leaders in both the private and public sectors, promoting scientific research, spreading knowledge, encouraging business leadership, empowering youth, renewing the concept of culture, preserving heritage and promoting platforms of understanding among various cultures.

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