How does one obtain a birth certificate in Dubai and what is it? An official or legal document that attests to a person's birth is a birth certificate. A birth certificate is the official record of a person's birth, and each country's local government is responsible for issuing birth certificates in order to verify a person's family history. The name, time and date of birth, and location of birth are all listed on a birth certificate. Those who were born in the UAE or who are citizens of the UAE may also receive birth certificates from local hospitals or government agencies.