How to Be a Translator Certified by the UAE Ministry of Justice? What are documents needed? and how to pass the exams?
Legal translation in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is governed by Cabinet Resolution 7 of 2014 promulgating the Executive Regulation of Federal Law 6 of 2012 Regulating Profession of Translators issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, which states that the translation profession shall be practised in the UAE only after the translator is listed as a certified translator by the Ministry of Justice and a license from the competent authority of the concerned emirate is obtained. The conditions of being listed as a certified translator are subject to the following:
Each translator wishing to be listed as a certified translator in the Ministry of Justice takes the following procedures:
- The translator must be sponsored by any UAE-based translation office and must obtain NOC from the same translation office.
- Certificate Equivalency: The translator submits to the Ministry of Education in the concerned Emirate a Secondary School certificate, an academic transcript and a graduation certificate from one of the official faculties proving the translator has studied the concerned language certified by the University Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE Embassy and Consulate.
- The translator obtains a security permit from the Police General Headquarters of the concerned emirate.
- The translator except for Emirati nationals provides a five-year experience certificate after the date of graduation from a translation company certified by the Notary Public and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the concerned country.
- The translator submits an equivalence certificate, NOC, graduation certificate, security permit and 6 passport photos to the Ministry of Justice in the concerned emirate, and completes the online translator registration form.
- Technical and security committees will meet at the UAE Ministry of Justice to consider and decide on the applications with approval or rejection, and there is no specified date for this joint committee meeting.
- The Ministry of Justice contacts accepted applicants and informs them of the examination date. The rejected applicant may approach the appeal court to challenge the decision within 30 days from the date of issuing the mentioned decision.
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Legal Translator Examinations in Dubai
5 translators are to be present in the exam hall. All translators are allowed to bring any dictionary and exchange these dictionaries. The exam duration is approximately 2 hours.
The exam consists of 10 paragraphs; each paragraph contains about 100 words, 5 paragraphs from English to Arabic and 5 paragraphs from Arabic to English (for example). The legal translator translates the same paper as the source text.
The following are samples of translation fields according to the experience of some who passed the exam with their percentage:
Legal 30% Economic 25% Medical 10% Commercial 10%
Environmental 10% General 20% Technical 10% other 20%
Procedures to list the legal translator in Dubai
The representative of the Ministry of Justice contacts the legal translator to inform him/her of the examination results after about two weeks and of the procedures that must be taken in case of passing the examination. The translator approaches the Ministry of Justice in the concerned Emirate to receive the letter of referral to the competent judge before whom the translator administers an oath and receives a summary of the regulations governing the legal translation profession in the UAE; this will be explained in another article. Then, the translator approaches the Ministry of Justice in Abu Dhabi to administer the oath before the judge. The translator then need to obtain a valid medical certificate from the medical centre recognized in the concerned Emirate. And obtain a three-year warranty from Al Wathba Insurance Company of AED 6,000 and a registration fee of AED 3000 to receive the legal translator card.
The translator submits to the Ministry of Justice in the concerned Emirate his/her signature. And stamp form on 6 copies of the paper of the translator’s legal translation office. It will be distributed to the UAE authorities. The translator can practice the legal translation profession and abide by the form submitted without any change. Alsun has a translation office dubai offering a wide range of translation services. We are always ready to serve you 24/7.
Now you understand more about how to be a translator certified by the UAE Ministry of Justice. Hoping for the best of luck for all of you and May Allah reward us greatly.
Written by: Gomaa Fouda
Alsun Translation Services