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
Travelling overseas this winter?
Australians needing a replacement passport prior to Christmas and New Year or in early January 2018 should lodge their applications at the Australian Embassy or Consulate-General before the end of November 2017. Once an application is lodged successfully your replacement passport will be available for collection within 3 weeks.
Remember that many countries do not allow entry with less than 6 months’ validity on the passport or for passports with less than one full page available for entry stamps. Don’t forget to check the expiry dates and pages remaining for every member of the family!
For more information on applying for your passport or making an appointment to lodge your application, see Services for Australians.
There are a number of state and federal elections coming up, including:
- a Queensland State Election on Saturday 25 November 2017
- a by-election for the federal electoral Division of New England in New South Wales on Saturday 2 December 2017
- a by-election for the federal electoral Division of Bennelong in New South Wales on Saturday 16 December 2017
In-person voting will not be available at the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai. If you will be in the UAE on election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia in advance.
For more information, see the election bulletins on the Smartraveller website.
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:
Thursday 30 November - Commemoration Day
Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve
Monday 25 December - Christmas Day
Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day
In 2018, the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai will be closed for the following public holidays:
Monday 1 January - New Year’s Day
Thursday 1 February - Australia Day (in lieu)
Sunday 1 April - Easter Sunday
Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
Thursday 14 June - Eid Al Fitr #
Sunday 17 June - Eid Al Fitr #
Tuesday 21 August - Eid Al Adha #
Wednesday 22 August - Eid Al Adha #
Thursday 23 August - Eid Al Adha #
Tuesday 11 September - Islamic New Year #
Sunday 2 December - UAE National Day
Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day
Thursday 27 December - Additional holiday
#Subject to change in line with sighting of the moon