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UAE Vice President establishes English judicial services office in Abu Dhabi – News


It will streamline legal documentation procedures, boost the emirate’s competitiveness in the global market and help attract and retain foreign investments.

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by WAM

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 10:43 p.m.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Presidential Court and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, issued Decision No. 38 of 2023 establishing the English Notarial Services Office in Abu Dhabi.

Counselor Youssef Saeed Al-Abri, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, said the launch of the first English-language judicial services office in the Middle East is an innovative step to make it easier for companies to operate in Abu Dhabi. The office will streamline legal documentation procedures and boost the emirate’s competitiveness in the global market, helping to attract and retain foreign investments.

The new office is part of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department’s effort to provide innovative solutions that boost the emirate’s competitiveness and support its economic development. It will make it easier for businesses to operate by providing notarization and authentication services for contracts and documents in English without the need for translation. The office will also offer its services digitally, which will save clients time and effort and reduce transaction processing time. This will improve the quality of services and ensure customer satisfaction.

The new judicial services office is designed to meet the needs of non-Arabic speakers. It will eliminate the language barrier that prevents foreign clients from accessing judicial services by streamlining procedures for notarization and authentication of company contracts, board decisions, minutes, powers of attorney and declarations in English. This will increase investor confidence in judicial services and make Abu Dhabi more attractive to foreign investors.

The new judicial services office will serve non-Arab residents and businesses in Abu Dhabi. It will provide judicial services that suit the economic and demographic needs of the emirate, helping to facilitate business in Abu Dhabi and boosting the emirate’s competitiveness.

The office specializes in providing court services for notarization and authentication of transactions and documents in English without the need to provide an Arabic translation of the document. This is in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Law No. 11 of 2017 on Public Notarial Services in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

This includes the following transactions and documents:

-Contracts of all kinds.

-Declarations and commitments, including monthly income statements, no objection to travel, waivers and others.

-Settlement agreements.

-Powers of all kinds.

-Signature authentication.

-Decisions of the Board of Directors and meeting minutes.

Everything related to documents issued by public and private companies and legal entities during or on the occasion of the exercise of their business activity.

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department is committed to continually improving judicial services and streamlining judicial procedures. It adopts innovation as a fundamental principle in the development of the work of the courts, to meet the aspirations of Abu Dhabi as a global economic center that attracts companies, multinational companies and the best human talent in the world.


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