Australian Embassy
United Arab Emirates


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


What's New?


Position vacant at Australian Embassy, Abu Dhabi

The Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi is currently recruiting the position of Property Assistant.  Applications close on Sunday 25 February at 11.30pm. See Current Vacanies for more information.


2018 Batman by-election

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Batman in Victoria will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018.

You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Batman, enrol or update your enrolment details at The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Wednesday 14 February 2018.

In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.

You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.

For more information, visit the AEC website at or contact the AEC via email ( or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.


Travelling overseas this winter?

 Check your passport now! 

 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.  Once an application is lodged successfully at the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi or Australian Consulate-General in Dubai, your replacement passport will be available for collection within 3 weeks.  Priority processing is not available in the UAE.


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. 

Public Holidays

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