Welcome to the Australian Embassy, UAE
Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates which contains a broad range of information on the services the Embassy provides.
The information and links on this site are aimed at answering the most commonly asked questions about Australia. The site covers services for Australian citizens, as well as information on immigration, visas and citizenship.
The site also contains links to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australian Government websites. These links are designed to assist those looking for information on Trade, Australian culture or Government services.
Australia and the UAE cooperate across a wide range of areas including trade, defence, security, aviation, education and health. You can find out more about the Australia-UAE relationship on the DFAT website.
We regularly review and update our website and would welcome feedback from visitors on how it can be improved. For regular updates on our work in the UAE, please follow me on Twitter @AusAmbUAE.
- HE Arthur Spyrou, Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
Prime Minister's 2017 Ramadan Message
"Our best wishes go to the many Muslims in Australia and around the world who are observing the Ramadan month of fasting.
Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, encourages Muslims to refocus their minds on faith and redirect their hearts to charity, so that they can understand the lives and experience of those who are less fortunate than they are.
Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world, and the key to our success is mutual respect; for each other and for our democratic way of life under the rule of law.
From our family to yours,
Travel tips for your summer holiday
Are you an Australian resident in the UAE travelling overseas this summer?
Please ensure that your Australian passport has at least six months’ validity remaining, as this is an entry requirement for many foreign countries. Remember that a child's passport is only valid for five years. Passport applications can be lodged in Abu Dhabi and Dubai by appointment only. Once an application is lodged successfully your replacement passport will be available for collection within 3 weeks.
When researching your holiday destination, please visit Smartraveller for the Australian Government’s latest travel advice. We recommend registering your presence in the countries you visit on Smartraveller and subscribing to the travel advice to receive notifications of any updates.
Australian Embassy and Consulate-General no longer accepting cash
The Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Australian Consulate-General in Dubai will no longer accept cash payments from 1 March 2017. Payment for passport, consular and notarial services will be by card only (excluding American Express).
Be informed and be prepared when you're travelling. Visit the Smartraveller website and subscribe to travel advice updates to be the first to know government information when you are overseas. We also encourage all Australians living in or travelling to the UAE to register their details on Smartraveller. Your registration will help us contact you or your family in the event of an emergency.
In 2017, the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai will be closed for the following public holidays:
Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day
Thursday 26 January - Australia Day
Sunday 16 April - Easter Sunday
Monday 17 April - Easter Monday
Sunday 25 June* - Eid Al Fitr
Monday 26 June* - Eid Al Fitr
Tuesday 27 June* - Eid Al Fitr
Sunday 3 September* - Eid Al Adha (in lieu)
Monday 4 September* - Eid Al Adha (in lieu)
Thursday 21 September* - Islamic New Year
Thursday 30 November - Commemoration Day
Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve
Monday 25 December - Christmas Day
Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day
*Subject to change in line with sighting of the moon