Useful Links

This page contains a host of relevant, up to date information about living as an expatriate in Dubai. It's supplied by the Dubai Womens College and maintained by Leigh Butler. Have a look !


The Australian Business Council - Dubai provides a solid platform for Australians, Australian companies and partners, to network with other business people and companies in the United Arab Emirates.   Through the facilitation of social events, business luncheons and business breakfasts with speakers addressing hot and relevant topics, the Council enjoys an ever-growing membership of more than 600 companies and individuals. For more information visit  / or contact

Monthly events include:

1st Wednesday from 6pm

Allied Pickfords Networking Night

The Observatory, Harbour Hotel & Residence

Annual events include:

Nov  Melbourne Cup Breakfast  (3 Nov 2009)


Contact:  Melissa Molnar, Group Administrator, Australian Business Group (AusBG), Abu Dhabi Tel: +97150 264 1134 Email:

The Australian Business Group in Abu Dhabi (AusBG) has been formed with the purpose of bringing together business executives with the same underlying principle of seeking and receiving friendship and camaraderie coupled with an opportunity to learn from each other of major developments and business opportunities within the business sector of Abu Dhabi. Through net-working, members are able to assist each other to gain a greater knowledge of the area and to cement a better working relationship between Australia and the United Arab Emirates, in particular the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.


A Register of Australian Citizens Abroad is maintained by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to facilitate contact with Australian nationals in an emergency.  Information contained in this register is protected by Australian Privacy Act provisions.  Registration is encouraged from Australian citizens and their family members.  The registration system can be accessed from the department's home page at where a number of menu options will guide users through the registration process.


About the Australian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates

Contact Information

Australian Embassy
Level 8, Al Muhairy Centre
Zayed the First (7th) Street
PO Box 32711
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Tel:      +971 2 401 7500
Fax:     +971 2 401 7501

Opening hours

0800 to 1630, Sundays to Thursdays
The Embassy is closed on Fridays and Saturdays, and relevant public holidays.

Please note that the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai is open from 0800 to 1530, Sundays to Thursdays. The Consulate-General is closed on Fridays and Saturdays, and relevant public holidays.


The Australian Consulate-General, Dubai is located at:

Level 25, Bur Juman Business Tower
Khalifa Bin Zayed Road, Dubai

Tel: +971 4 508 7100
Fax: +971 4 355 1547

For all enquiries relating to trade, notarial services for Australian citizens, or for passport appointments, please contact the Australian Consulate General in Dubai on +971 4 508 7100 or at

The Australian Consulate-General in Dubai is open from 8am to 3:30pm, Sundays to Wednesdays, and from 8am to 2:45pm on Thursdays. The Consulate is closed on Fridays and Saturdays, and relevant public holidays.   Australian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance, can call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Australia on +61 2 6261 3305 (from outside Australia) or toll-free on 800 0610 1060.”



We encourage all New Zealand citizens to register their presence in the UAE and keep these registration details current.  Please note that registration is not shared with any external agency including New Zealand Inland Revenue.  The details you provide when you register will help the New Zealand Consulate General contact you in an emergency (e.g. natural disaster, civil disturbance, family emergency etc.), or to pass on information that we wish to alert you about.

Please visit and click ‘register’.  You will be able to create your own login and password and can amend your details at any time, should your circumstances change.

Those who register will be assigned to a warden who will pass on relevant consular notices by email or fax as necessary.


Australian Passports

Apply for a passport renewal online at

If you plan to lodge an application in Dubai:

All Australians wishing to apply for or renew a passport are requested where possible to ring or email the Consulate-General in Dubai in advance to make an appointment.  Appointments are available between 8am and 12.30pm and can be made by calling +971 4 508 7100 or by emailing an appointment request to  This will ensure that you receive immediate attention at the appointed time.

All Passport costs are payable in UAE dirhams at the nominated exchange rate (which is subject to variations) in exact cash or by credit card (that does not require a pin to be entered). No other currency or form of payment is acceptable.

If you plan to lodge an application in Abu Dhabi:

All Australians wishing to apply for or renew a passport are requested where possible to ring or email the Embassy in Abu Dhabi in advance to make an appointment.  Appointments are available between 8am and 3pm and can be made by calling +971 2 401 7500 or by emailing an appointment request to  This will ensure that you receive immediate attention at the appointed time.

All Passport costs are payable in UAE dirhams at the nominated exchange rate (which is subject to variations) via courier or in person, by bank draft or bank cheque, made payable to "Australian Embassy, Abu Dhabi". Credit cards and personal cheques will not be accepted, and no other currency is acceptable.

Please note that ten working days are required for the issue of passports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


Children born  overseas to Australian citizens may be eligible to apply for Australian  citizenship by descent.  For information about applying for Australian  citizenship overseas please refer to the Australian government citizenship  website at:"


The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding has been set up to bring down barriers between people of different nationalities, and to help understand the traditions, customs and religion of the UAE.


Passport Applications

Neither the New Zealand Consulate General in Dubai nor the New Zealand Embassy in Riyadh are able to issue new or replacement New Zealand Passports.  Full details of procedures and forms that are necessary to make an application to Wellington, London or Sydney can be found on the Department of Internal Affairs website at


Registration of Births/Citizenship

Children born of New Zealand parents in the UAE must be conferred with New Zealand citizenship in advance of applying for a passport.  Citizenship and passport applications for newborns can be dispatched and processed at the same time with full details of procedure and requirements found at


Getting Married

New Zealand citizens who wish to marry in the UAE will require a “Certificate of No Impediment”.  This is issued from the Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand and can be found under Births, Deaths & Marriages on


For emergency consular assistance (for New Zealand citizens only) outside of  normal office hours, the Consular duty phone number is 050 475 7916

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Welcome to the official Australian Government website for advice on study in Australia. In Australia you will experience a unique kind of education, a learning style that encourages innovative, creative, independent thinking. You build valuable skills to give you an advantage, academically, personally and professionally.

This website helps you to explore the limitless opportunities you have for study in Australia. It provides impartial and reliable information about courses, institutions, study and living costs, the application process, visa requirements and more.


Are you an Australian graduate living or working in the Middle East?   MEGAA members are of various nationalities working in different sectors but have all graduated from Australian universities and are residing and/or working in the United Arab Emirates.

The purpose of the Alumni network is to encourage graduates to stay in touch with the Australian university environment and keep abreast of education opportunities in Australia either for themselves or for friends and family.  An Alumni community in the region will help students feel that the relationship with Australia does not end once they graduate and return to their home country.  The network also hopes to provide members with employment opportunities in the region, invitations to high profile Government events, social get-togethers, MEGAA newsletters and plenty more!

MEGAA members can provide support and mentoring for prospective students, who are interested in exploring study opportunities in Australia, establish partnerships with local employers to help link graduates of Australian institutions with job opportunities in their local countries, and assist in building stronger bilateral business, cultural and trade relationships between Australia and the Middle East.

MEGAA is also developing an exciting and interactive website with loads of information about social events, contacts, employment opportunities and even a photo gallery!  The website also features an Alumni blog or discussion forum that is exclusively for MEGAA members!  For a sneak preview of the MEGAA website click on this link.


Our school has formed a partnership with the Government of the Australian state of Queensland to provide a curriculum framework. This partnership not only brings the quality of the Australian education system to the Middle East, but brings the strength of such a partnership. AIS benefits by being able to draw on the latest research, curriculum innovations, teacher development, administrative systems, and policy developments of Queensland. We belong to a system that supports 670 000 students,


The Australian School of Abu Dhabi is an exciting new school. It opened its doors in Abu Dhabi in September 2006 for students between the ages of 3 and 10 years old


Victorians Abroad is a recent initiative launched in partnership withAdvance - Global Australian Professionals to keep Victoria’s expatriatenetwork connected, informed and better able to promote our State as a wonderful place to live, work, visit and invest.

Victorians Abroad will help people living overseas to stay in touch with everything from job opportunities, to business updates, to the AFL football scores. It is a valuable new resource for those thinking of moving back to Victoria, for Victorian companies thinking of exporting overseas, and also for international firms thinking of investing in our State.  As of last November, some 2,700 Victorians were already registered, mainly in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Victorians in the UAE and surrounding Gulf countries are now encouraged to register.  The first 60 will receive a free ticket to the AFL NAB Cup Match between Collingwood and Adelaide being played at Ghantoot (near the Abu Dhabi / Dubai border) on Saturday 9 February.

Check out and click on the top right hand corner button Join Advance.


The Veterinary Hospital was established more than 30 years ago & is the longest established private veterinary clinic in Dubai.We offer the quality care, that your pets deserve, in all aspects of Veterinary Medicine, with particular emphasis on prevention of disease.

Our highly qualified staff provide ( 24 hours, a day / 7 days, a week) a unique & competent diagnostic support and assistance for your animals whilst our modern computer facilities keep track of your pet's medical history.

All of us at The Veterinary Hospital have lived our lives with pets. We know that each is an individual with his or her own personality and a member of the family. We want the best standards of healthcare for our own pets and we aim to provide that same standard for our patients.


For a non-Muslim to marry, one person (either bride or groom) must hold a valid residents visa and the ceremony would be held in a church.   There is no civil ceremony available in the UAE and as you are aware marriages are not conducted in Australian missions overseas.

The marriage ceremony may take place either in a church (if you are a member of the congregation) or at an alternative venue eg private home (this option is available only for certain religious denominations - They need to consult the relevant minister - they need to check with the church for the minister.

Also they need the following:

  • A Certificate of No Impediment is generally required.
  • If divorcees, copies of Decree Absolutes are needed.
  • Bride & groom’s passports
  • Two witnesses may be required to attend the ceremony.
  • Once the marriage certificate is signed, the document will need to be attested by the UAE Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.