The British Embassy Abu Dhabi maintains and develops relations between the UK and the United Arab Emirates.

We work closely with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in many areas of political and practical co-operation. In September 2021 the UK and the UAE launched a new ambitious Partnership for the Future framework that will strengthen the deep and historic relationship. The Partnership will ensure both countries work closely together on shared global challenges, promote prosperity and security in the region, and expand the exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas.

Find out more about our work on the UK and the UAE news page.

Getting help in the UAE

If you need urgent medical help or are a victim of crime, call the local emergency services on 112. Contact your insurance provider if you have one. They will tell you what your policy covers, and what you need to do to make a claim.

In many situations, you will be able to help yourself without needing to contact the British Embassy. Check our guidance on:

If you need urgent or emergency assistance

We can help British nationals in emergencies in the UAE. We will prioritise helping those who are vulnerable and need our help the most. For example if you:

  • have been injured or assaulted
  • are arrested for a crime
  • know a British national in the UAE who has died and you need assistance

If you need emergency assistance, or if our guidance has not given you the help you need:

  • in the UAE call +971 2 610 1100 or +971 4 309 4444
  • in the UK call +44 (0)20 7008 5000

Our phone lines are open 24/7.

If you cannot use your passport

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you need to travel urgently and cannot use your passport because it is lost, stolen or damaged.

If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, check if you can get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you do not need to travel urgently, you should still report a lost or stolen passport.

Getting a visa to the UK

The British Embassy does not provide visas and cannot advise on UK visas. If you have any questions about the application process or your visa status, contact UK Visas and Immigration.

A Schengen visa or residence permit does not entitle you to travel to the UK without a visa. You can check whether you need a visa and apply for one.

Official documents and services we provide

We provide a limited range of notarial and documentary services when local notary publics, solicitors, or lawyers cannot provide them. You will need to pay a fee for these services.

We do not provide legalisation services at the embassy (such as certifying a photocopy of a passport). Read the guidance for getting a document legalised in the UAE.

Support for British nationals living in the UAE

Read our guidance for living in the UAE for information on travelling to, living, working and studying there.

You can find a full list of UK help and services available in the UAE.

Other UK embassies and consulates in the UAE

You can also find a British embassy in Dubai.

Our people

British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
Edward Hobart CMG

Contact us

British Embassy Abu Dhabi, main contact

British Embassy Abu Dhabi
Al Hisn Street, Al Markaziyah West
PO Box 248 Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

+971 2 610 1100 / +44 20 7008 5000

Fax commercial
+971 2 610 1585

Fax corporate services
+971 2 610 1586

For all visa related enquiries:

Use our contact form for consular enquiries:

Visits to the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi should be by appointment only.

For General Enquires please email:

Access and opening times

UK VFS Visa Application Centre

Level B2 (Lower Ground), The Mall,
World Trade Centre, Khalifa Bin Zayed,
The 1st Street (Airport Road), Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

Access and opening times

Corporate information