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 42 flights per week between the UAE and Malaysia (only Emirates Airlines and fliying three times a day to KL and vice versa). It is estimated that 7,200 Malaysians live and work in the UAE (3,500 Malaysians in Dubai; 3,000 Malaysians in Abu Dhabi and 700 Malaysians in other Emirates).
Updated: 1 August 2018