01 Apr 2020

Dubai’s Notary Public goes remote

Authored by: Omar Al Heloo

In brief:

  •          All Notary Public physical services, in all branches in Dubai, will cease during the period 29 March until 9 April 2020.
  •          During this period, certain Notary Public services will be conducted remotely.
  •          This is a unique mechanism, which shows the UAE’s commitment to ensuring that businesses continue to run as smoothly as possible despite Covid-19

On 30 March, 2020, the Notary Public in Dubai issued a circular regarding the suspension of its physical services (Notary Public Circular). The Circular provides all physical services of the Notary Public in Dubai will cease until 9 April 2020. During this period, certain Notary Public services will be conducted remotely.

Remote services

The remote services that will be provided by the Notary Public in Dubai include the following:

1.         Power of Attorney notarisation;

2.         Acknowledgments;

3.         Legal Notice notarisation;

4.         Civil Companies' memorandum of association and its addenda notarisation; and

5.         Local Agency Service Agreement notarisation.

Further information

The remote working hours will be from 8am to 4pm and various rules are applicable in terms of the practicalities of remotely applying for notarisation services, including the application process, the use of BOTIM and the relevant fees. All applications relating to the Commercial Companies' memorandum of association and its addenda have ceased and such services have been referred to the Dubai Economic Department.

We understand that the Notary Public Department in Abu Dhabi is also working on an online solution.

Conclusion

As described above, this is a unique mechanism, which shows the UAE’s commitment to ensuring that businesses continue to run as smoothly as possible despite Covid-19. Should you have any question about the Notary Public Circular, please contact Omar Al Heloo, Partner in our Dispute Resolution team.