The US Consulate General in Dubai would finally say goodbye to its long time home at the World Trade Center in early August, when it moves to a magnificent new facility at the diplomatic enclave in Bur Dubai.
The new building faces the Dubai Creek on Al Seef Road and is flanked on either side by Consulates of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Khaleej Times reported.
Built on a land donated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the complex features eco-friendly features in its water, electricity and lighting system and follows LEED principles in all aspects of construction.
As part of the shifting process to the new facility the consulate will suspend all visa interviews in Dubai from July 31 to August 4. In addition, routine services for American citizens will be suspended from August 2 to August 5.
American citizens in need of routine services during this period can make arrangements at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi. All services will resume on August 7 at the new Consulate General in Dubai. Emergency services for American citizens will not be affected by the move.
Douglas C. Greene, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the US Mission to the UAE, said, “This state-of-the-art building on the Dubai Creek is symbolic of the importance of our dynamic bilateral partnership... It is fitting that we are moving into the new Consulate General as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the US-UAE diplomatic relationship.”
The new facility represents a significant commitment by the United States to its presence in Dubai and will allow the Consulate General to increase the efficiency and accessibility of its services to the public.
The compound is the second purpose-built American diplomatic facility in the UAE, the first was the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi which opened in 2004.
For more information on the US Consulate General’s move, including directions to the new facility and consular contact information, visit http://dubai.usconsulate.gov