Plan Early

Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right professional for your deposition in Dubai.

Depo Venue

Depositions in Dubai can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Court Reporters

Although there are currently no certified, English-language court reporters or legal videographers based in Dubai, you can have qualified personnel flown in from a nearby country.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter the United Arab Emirates for up to 30 days for tourism. However, a business visa is required for U.S. passport holders who enter the United Arab Emirates for business purposes,  which is issued on arrival for stay up to 30 days.

Hague Evidence Convention

The United Arab Emirates is not a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Useful Links

U.S. State Department
Country Info: United Arab Emirates
Blog article
Depositions in the United Arab Emirates – International Deposition Tips
U.S. Consulate General

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Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in Dubai.

How to set up a deposition in Dubai

Kimberlee Castro, Global Deposition Expert with Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Dubai.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: Dubai

Dubai Depos: Got Urdu?

For a highly adversarial case, our client, a U.S. attorney, needs a court reporter, videographer, and Urdu interpreter who can be flown into Dubai inexpensively and who will be accepted by the judge in the face of challenges by opposing counsel.
We swung into action and provided the courts with resumes and a sworn affidavit attesting to the experience and professionalism of our deposition team. A veteran, English-Urdu interpreter with a British court certification was flown in from Islamabad. The judge approved the team, and the Urdu-language depositions were successfully completed in Dubai.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

International Deposition Tips: First Step to Setting Up a Depo Outside the U.S.

We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips. The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos. First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to setting up a deposition outside the U.S.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

Depositions in the United Arab Emirates – International Deposition Tips

In this segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris we tackle how to set up a deposition in the United Arab Emirates. Kimberlee Castro, CSR and Director of Scheduling at Optima Juris, walks you through the legalities for setting up a U.S. deposition in the UAE. If you are a lawyer, paralegal, or legal professional looking to organize a deposition in the UAE, you will want to watch this video.

Essential international travel information for Dubai


Dubai uses the United Arab Emirates Dirham. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).


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General tipping

There are no rules when it comes to tipping in Dubai. How much you tip varies from profession to profession and is also largely down to personal preference. While tipping is always appreciated in Dubai, it is rarely expected, and no matter if one per cent or 50 per cent is given, the most important thing is to treat service staff with respect.

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Dubai here:


Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Dubai. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State United Arab Emirates country page or contact the Emirates Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi International Airport, AUH

Al Ain, Al Ain International Airport, AAN

Dubai, Dubai International Airport, DXB

Ras al-Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, RKT

Sharjah, Sharjah International Airport, SHJ

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