Preparing Wills in Dubai – A Basic Guide for You to Follow

Preparing Wills in Dubai – A Basic Guide for You to Follow


Many legal procedures are followed for preparing just wills in Dubai. The first step is to prepare a draft will in Arabic. Ensure that you have enough copies to give to all the parties involved and keep for records. Submit all the necessary proofs of ownership (original and copy). Please apply for a power of attorney and specify that it’s limited to making wills. Power of attorney must be limited to specific conditions stipulated in the will.

Shariah-compliant wills

In the UAE, wills are based on Sharia Law, meaning they must follow the Testator’s wishes. The UAE courts are notoriously difficult to navigate for non-Muslims, as all documents must be translated into Arabic. Besides, UAE courts usually charge a surcharge for such cases. If you’re interested in creating a Shariah-compliant will in Dubai, here are some tips to help you write a will in Arabic.


A notary will be a very expensive option in Dubai. It can cost as much as AED15, 000 or more to prepare and notarize, but it ensures that your wishes will be carried out in your death. However, the cost of preparing a will in Dubai can vary depending on what type of will you need. Some services only charge a small fee for a simple will, while others charge much more. It is important to compare prices and services before making your decision.

Legal opinion

As COVID-19 is currently occurring in the UAE, you must seek legal opinion when preparing your will. The UAE has expanded its law regarding wills to cover assets located abroad. A legal opinion should be obtained from a qualified lawyer to ensure that your wishes are met. The following are some tips to consider when preparing a will. It would help if you also considered the legal opinion of your executor when making this important decision.

The requirement to consult a lawyer

Wills in the UAE are subject to local laws. The Civil Transactions Code of the UAE was issued on 15 December 1985, and it was amended in Federal Decree No. 30 of 2020. UAE law recognizes the inheritance of the testator based on the laws of the country in which he lived. If he were a Muslim, his succession would be based on Shariah law, whereas if they were not, the country’s law in which they were born applies.