Dubai – 20 December 2013. The British Embassy in Dubai in the UAE will stop offering notarial services to British nationals in the UAE. This comes into effect immediately as services are curtailed and embassy staff will only provide a list of public notaries to expats in the Middle East.
The FCO has stated that this allows the staff to attend to more important issues such as vulnerable and distressed British nationals such as those with mental health issues who have no family in the UAE. Also more time will be spend with those who have experienced serious assault while in Dubai.
It gets even worst!
The British Embassy in Dubai will also no longer provide letters of “no objection” to sponsor a spouse or any certified copies of UK documents such as British passports or UK bank statements, oaths, declarations, and also affirmations (except for marriage purposes) or the witnessing of signatures.
Other services will continue to be offered including affidavits for marriages performed in UAE churches and courts, no objection letters to adopt and providing certain certified documents when an authority will not accept any other attestation other than UK Embassy confirmation.
Life is getting tougher in Dubai for British nationals!