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UAE is home to more than 200 different nationalities. In 2013, the UAE’s total population was 9.2 million, of which 1.4 million are Emirati citizens and 7.8 million are expatriates. Established in December 1971, the country is a federation of seven emirates. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. Each emirate is governed by an absolute monarch; together, they jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One of the monarchs is selected as the President of the United Arab EmiratesThe current UAE President is Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and Arabic is the official language, although English is widely used.

The Federal System of government includes the Supreme Council, Cabinet, Council of Ministers, parliamentary body, Federal National Council and independent judiciary.

The Federal Supreme Council is the highest constitutional authority that has legislative and executive powers with the ability to ratify federal laws, decrees, and plans general policies.


Many potential litigants can find the UAE legal system difficult to understand, particularly expats who are not familiar with a civil law system and with the Arabic language.

Accordingly with the UAE Court procedure, to commence a claim you need to set up the basis of the dispute and all of the documents filed at Court and the claim itself will need to be in Arabic or translated into Arabic by an official translator.

We make a reference to the F.A.Q. Page of the Dubai Courts website (See more at the official link) :

Should I get the documents in English, translated into Arabic, in order to submit them to the Court, despite of my being a non-Arabic speaker?

We have Interpreters Division in the court which provides free verbal interpretation services during the court sessions by interpreters specialized in English and other languages. As far as concerned to the documents should be legally translated and attested at their own expenses. In case of having documents issued out of the country, their translation must be attested by UAE embassy in that country which finally should be attested by UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs which has offices in Abu Dhabi Dubai and Sharjah.

Do you need your documents to be translated and legalized in order to be submitted to a U.A.E. Court?

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