British Ambassador to United Arab Emirates
We work with the UAE to improve links between our two countries. We have a shared agenda in many areas of political and practical co-operation, borne of many years of collaboration since before the UAE was formed.
We also provide services at British Embassy Dubai
Services for British nationals
If you’re in UAE and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or lost your passport), call the British embassy in Dubai: 04 309 4444 or Abu Dhabi: 02 610 1100 as soon as possible. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in UAE, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
- are over 16 years old and
- are a British citizen and
- have previously owned a British passport
- over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
- not a British citizen or
- applying for a child under 16 years old
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy Abu Dhabi.
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to UAE, see travel advice for UAE
Get a visa
The British embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.
If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.
If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.
For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.
Marriage and civil partnerships
We can issue affirmations or affidavits of marital status and, in some circumstances, perform a marriage for British nationals. For information on getting married in UAE, see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in UAE and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.
Read our guidance on coping with death abroad
Support if you’ve been arrested
We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in the UAE. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.
Notarial and documentary services
The British embassy in Abu Dhabi can only provide a very limited range of notarial and documentary services. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
The British embassy in Abu Dhabi does not provide legalisation services.
Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).
Educational certificate (UK)
To have your UK educational certificates legalised, follow the guidance on the British Council website
Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in UAE. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad
What the embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers.
get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back)
make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
make business arrangements on your behalf
General information on living in the United Arab Emirates
We also produce guides for British nationals who need information about services that are not provided by our embassies, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
- Buying a property in the UAE - information to help you make a full and considered decision about your property purchase.
- Detention facilities in the UAE - information about police stations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates.
- Child abduction in the UAE - information about the UAE and parental child abduction.
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in UAE.
Deputy Head of Mission, United Arab Emirates
British Embassy Abu Dhabi, main contact
British Embassy Abu Dhabi
Khalid bin Al Waleed St (Street 22)
PO Box 248 Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Telephone +971 2 610 1100
Fax commercial +971 2 610 1585
Fax consular +971 2 610 1609
Fax corporate services +971 2 610 1586
Sunday to Thursday, 7:30am to 2:30pm (Local)
Sunday to Thursday, 4:30am to 11:30am (GMT)
For all Visa related enquiries:
Visa International Enquiry Service: www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-outside-uk
If you need to visit the British Embassy for a consular issue, you may need to make an appointment. Please check our Notarial and documentary service to see which services will require an appointment to be made in advance of your visit.
UK VFS Visa Application Centre
Shining Tower, Level 25
King Khalid Bin Abdel Aziz 26th Street,
Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall,
Abu Dhabi – UAE
United Arab Emirates