MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MALAYSIA
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah. Malaysia enjoys warm and long-standing ties with the UAE with the establishments of its Embassy and the Consulate General of Malaysia in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 1983 and 1994, respectively. Since the establishment, the Consulate General’s office has been managed by MATRADE until 2008 when it was officially taken over by Wisma Putra officials on 8 January 2008.
The Consulate General of Malaysia in Dubai significantly broadened and deepened its functions and consular engagements in Dubai and the Northern Emirates namely, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain (UAQ). Mission continued to provide consular services to the Malaysian community and the local population including the large community of expatriates in these Emirates.
Under the SPKM initiatives, the Consulate General has been tasked to take responsibilities matters stipulated under SPKM to several Malaysian Government agencies under its establishments such as MATRADE, MIDA, Education Malaysia, Agriculture and Tourism Malaysia offices.
People-to-people contacts have expanded rapidly on the strong growth of the high level visits between the two countries. This is further supported by the direct air links, currently around 49 flights per week between the UAE and Malaysia. It is estimated that 7,300 Malaysians live and work in the UAE (3,800 Malaysians in Dubai; 3,000 Malaysians in Abu Dhabi and 700 Malaysians in other Emirates).
EXCHANGE OF VISITS IN 2015
The increased of visits between the two countries in 2015 have shown that the continuous exchange of visits remain a useful and pragmatic mechanism to bring forward the development in bilateral relations as well as to identify new areas of cooperation. List of high level visits are as follows:
(i) Working visit of YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, 15-18 January 2015;
(ii) Working visit of HRH Prince Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah, 8 – 10 February 2015;
(iii) Working visit of YBhg. Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, Auditor General, 28 Feb – 1 March 2015;
(iv) Working visit of HRH Crown Prince Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10-12 March 2015;
(v) Working visit of HRH Crown Prince Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, 17-20 March 2015;
(vi) Working visit of HRH Crown Prince Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, 11-14 April 2015;
(vii) Working visit of YB Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, 12-14 April 2015;
(viii) Working visit of YBhg. Tan Sri Rais Yatim, 15-16 April 2015;
(ix) Working visit of HRH Crown Prince Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, 30 April – 4 May 2015;
(x) Working visit of YAB Tan Sri Pehin Seri Adenan Satem, Chief Minister Sarawak, 1-3 May 2015;
(xi) Working visit of YB Dato’ Sri Nazri Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture, 4-7 May 2015;
(xii) Private visit of YB Dato’ Sri Shafie Apdal, Minister of Rural and Regional Development, 12-14 May 2015;
(xiii) Working visit of YB Dato’ Sri Mah Siew Keong, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, 30 May 2015;
(xiv) Working visit of YB Datuk Wira Johari Baharom, Deputy Minister of Defence, 15-17 September 2015;
(xv) Private visit of HRH Crown Prince of Johor, Tengku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, 14-16 October 2015;
(xvi) Working visit of HRH Tengku Nong Sultan Ahmad Shah, 3 – 4 November 2015;
(xvii) Working visit of YB Dato’ Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, 3 – 6 November 2015;
(xviii) Working visit of YB Datuk Amar Haji Abang Haji Abdul Rahman, Minister of Tourism and Housing Sarawak, 8-11 November 2015;
(xix) Working visit of HRH Tengku Sulaiman Shah, Raja Muda Selangor, 26 Nov – 2 December 2015;
(xx) Working visit of HRH Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah, Tengku Muda Pahang, 27 Nov – 2 December 2015;
(xxi) Working visit of YBhg. Dato’ Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, 28 Nov – 2 December 2015;
(xxii) Private visit of HRH Crown Prince Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, 3-5 December 2015;
(xxiii) Private visit of H.E. Tan Sri Abdul Rahman, Governor of Pahang, 14-19 December 2015;
(xxiv) Private visit of YB Dato’ Sri Adnan Yaacob, Chief Minister of Pahang, 16 – 19 December 2015;
(xxv) Private visit of YB Dato’ Sri Mohd Khaled Nordin, Chief Minister of Johor, 24 Dec – 1 January 2015;
(xxvi) Private visit by YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister, 25 Dec – 1 January 2016.