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United Arab Emirates (UAE) opens Consulate in Trivandrum

October 19, 2016

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday inaugurated a UAE Consulate here

Persons from south India who wish to visit the United Arab Emirates will now get their necessary documents processed at the new mission, to be headed by Consular General Jamal Hussein Al Zabi.

The UAE government decided to set up the office here as a significant majority of Indian expatriates in the UAE hails from Kerala.

Currently, all those proceeding to the UAE from south India have to get their educational certificates and other documents certified by the UAE embassy in New Delhi or consulate in Mumbai.


UAE opens new consular visa centre in New Delhi.

October 17, 2016

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) opened a centre for consular services and visa-issuance, the sixth outside the UAE, in New Delhi.

It would process visa applications and further facilitate and speed up the entry of Indian citizens and residents of the sub-continent to the UAE via e-gates at the country's points of entry.

The consular section and the visa centre are aimed at enhancing consular co-operation between the UAE and India, delivering better customer service, and streamlining the entry of Indian workers, said Under-Secretary at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Mohammed Mer Al Raisi, while inaugurating the services in the presence of Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, Assistant Under-Secretary at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, UAE Ambassador to India Dr. Ahmed Abdulrahman Al Banna, Director of the Consular Section in New Delhi Rehab Al Mansouri, and a number of senior Indian officials.

Thanking the Indian government for its constructive efforts in promoting bilateral relations with the UAE, the official said ties with India are witnessing significant progress in several spheres.

The new facilities were an important achievement for improving bilateral relations between the two countries, Jung noted.

The system used at the centre is one the most efficient in the world and with the global standards it upholds, it will shorten the time required for processing visa applications, he said while thanking the UAE for the positive initiative.

Indians willing to apply for a visa to work in the UAE can present their documents, biometrics, and results of medical checks issued by accredited medical facilities.

The centre will verify the applicant's original passports, biometrics including Iris scans and face prints, medical fitness certificates issued by 10 centres in New Delhi that are accredited by the GCC Approved Medical Centres Association, or GAMCA, proving that the applicant is free from transmittable diseases.

The procedures will save the costs of recruitment, quarantine and deportation, and improve customer service, as they are aimed at providing excellent consular services fulfilling internationally recognised standards as well as the UAE Cabinet’s seven-star service standards.

Through the new centre, the UAE foreign ministry provides all related administrative services in co-operation with the Ministry of Interior using a fully integrated electronic system within an advanced framework of security controls aimed at achieving maximum protection for visa and entry procedures.


UAE Opens a Consulate General in Boston, the Country's Third Consulate in USA

October 16, 2016

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) opened a Consulate General in Boston, Massachusetts, the country's third consulate in the USA.

At an event held on Thursday, 13th October, to celebrate the opening of the consulate, UAE Consul-General Salem Al-Shamsi and UAE Ambassador to the USA Yousef Al Otaiba were joined by local officials, business leaders, and members of the diplomatic community. The UAE has deep ties with the local community in Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In 2015, Massachusetts exported over US$150 million in merchandise and goods, making it the 21st largest exporting state to the United Arab Emirates. The state also benefits from UAE imports, with $17 million of goods imported in 2015.

This relationship also includes educational programmes that deepen exchanges and learning experiences for students in the USA and UAE, including the Emirates Leadership Initiative, a fellowship programme at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Masdar Cooperative Programme. There are more than 200 Emirati students studying at universities across New England, including 105 in Massachusetts.

"I am honored to serve as the UAE Consul-General in New England", said Consul-General Al Shamsi. "Boston is not only the most innovative city in the world, it is also home to the unique history of the United States, which I hope to explore during my time here." He added "I also look forward to working with my counterparts and the business community to promote our many common interests and to build on a longstanding friendship and partnership."

The USA and the UAE are also working towards shared goals in the healthcare sector, with partners such as The New England Center for Children in Abu Dhabi. With a branch in Abu Dhabi, the Center seeks to develop a comprehensive education program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

In addition to consular services, the UAE’s Consulate in Boston offers a number of services to UAE nationals through its medical office. These services include providing access to essential medical equipment, consultations, and introductions to local medical specialists. There are currently 586 UAE patients and family members in the Boston area. "We understand that there is much to be learned from one another in sectors ranging from business, education, and healthcare," said Ambassador Al Otaiba. "Boston hosts many organisations and institutions that have contributed to the exchange of ideas and the development of partnerships between our nations."

Consul-General Al Shamsi will play a key role in promoting the relationship between the USA and the UAE by encouraging commercial relationships, increasing innovation and cultural exchanges, and enhancing UAE-US cooperation locally and throughout New England.


UAE opens consulate in New York

September 29, 2016

The United Arab Emirates opened the UAE Consulate in New York City and appointed Majid Al-Suwaidi as Consul General. The opening ceremony was officiated by Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States.

New York marks the country’s second consulate in the US after Los Angeles and further reinforces the growing UAE-US relationship.

Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, joined the opening event as well as New York-area political figures and business leaders.

"New York City is an international hub for business and commerce, making it an integral part of the rapidly expanding relationship between the UAE and US," Al Hashimy said. "This milestone enables our two countries to continue building robust ties right here in New York."

New York is one of the top five exporting states to the UAE. These trade deals range from financial services to automobiles and support thousands of American jobs annually. New York is also the largest US port for UAE trade, with total trade growing from $626 million in 1999 to $1.9 billion in 2014.

Cultural engagement between the two countries is also growing as American academic and cultural organisations partner with UAE counterparts on a variety of new projects. Most notably, the UAE partnered with New York University to launch NYU Abu Dhabi, which brings NYU liberal arts and sciences curriculum to a global audience and helps to train the next generation of international leaders.

"From business to trade to fashion to education, we have so much in common," Consul General Al-Suwaidi said. "Many Emiratis, especially students, come to New York City each year to pursue their career aspirations."

Al-Suwaidi will play an instrumental role in bolstering ties with the US by promoting commercial relationships, increasing cultural exchanges and enhancing UAE-US cooperation in the East Coast. While the New York Consulate officially opened this week, it has already been engaged in several community partnerships for more than six months with organisations including the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, the New York Police Department and the New York City Football Club.

In addition to supporting UAE-US business, government and community partnerships, the New York Consulate will provide consular services, diplomatic documentation, and resources for commerce and trade. The UAE will open two other consulates in Boston and Houston later this year.


HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed inaugurates new UAE Embassy headquarters in Greece

July 13, 2016

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, inaugurated the new UAE Embassy headquarters in the capital, Athens, in the presence of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and the Greek Foreign Minister raised the UAE flag outside the building and unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark its opening.

As he proceeded to tour the building, Sheikh Abdullah was briefed on the work of various departments.

The opening ceremony was attended by Sultan Mohammad Majid Ali, UAE Ambassador to Greece, foreign ambassadors to Greece, and prominent local figures.


HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed inaugurates new UAE Embassy in Cyprus

July 12, 2016

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, opened the new UAE Embassy headquarters in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and the Cypriot President raised the UAE flag outside the building and unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark its official opening.

Speaking on the occasion, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah said that the opening of the embassy demonstrates the UAE Government's interest and confidence in Cyprus, and the need to move forward in developing bilateral relations.

The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his delight at both the opening of the embassy and the UAE Government's appreciation for the outstanding role played by the Cypriot President in promoting the march of progress and development.

President Anastasiades in turn expressed his pleasure at attending the opening of the new embassy headquarters, which, he said, would help support communication between the two countries and maintain their strong and distinguished bilateral relations.

The president went on to emphasise the strength of those relations, saying that it was one of the first countries in the EU to express full support for exempting all UAE Nationals from the Schengen visa requirements.

Pres. Anastasiades wished the first UAE Ambassador to Cyprus, Abdulawahab Nasser Al Najjar, great success in his mission.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Int'l Cooperation inaugurates consular section in Cairo

May 26, 2016

Assistant Undersecretary for Consular Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ahmed Elham Al Dhaheri, has opened the consular section and a fifth visa-issuing centre in Cairo.

The new section will streamline and speed up issuing Emirati visas for Egyptians and other nationals who reside in Egypt and speed up their entry into the UAE through e-gates at the UAE's points of entry.

In his opening speech, Al Dhaheri expressed appreciation of the Egyptian government's efforts in promoting bilateral relations with the UAE in several spheres.

He said the opening of the two new facilities is aimed at bolstering consular cooperation, improve customer service and facilitate entry of workers into the UAE.

Present at the opening ceremony were Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptian Expatriates, Hisham Al Nakeeb, UAE Ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Representative to the Arab League, Juma Mubarak Al Jenaibi, and others.

Al Nakeeb said the two new facilities represent an important development in bilateral relations between the two countries.

He expressed appreciation of the UAE's positive initiative. He praised the new visa-issuing system as one of the world's most efficient and one that saves time.

The responsibilities of the new centre include verification of passports, biometrics including eye print ID, commission medical tests through 12 centres accredited by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention to identify individuals with contagious diseases and therefore save costs.

Through its overseas visa centres and fully-integrated and highly secure online system, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation provide administrative services in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior.

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