The U.S. Presence in the United Arab Emirates
The United States has enjoyed warm relations with the United Arab Emirates since 1971. The United States was the third country to establish formal diplomatic relations with the UAE, and has had an ambassador resident in the UAE since 1974.
The U.S. Presence in Dubai
On December 1, 1976, the United States opened an Embassy Branch Office in Dubai. The office was located in the Al Futtaim Building on Creek Road in Deira. In May 1981, the Embassy Branch Office moved to the World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. On December 1, 1985, the Embassy Branch Office became a Consulate General.
The Consulate General’s consular district includes Dubai and the five northern Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah.
The New Consulate Compound in Dubai
In November 2011, the New Consulate Compound (NCC), located in Bur Dubai on a six-acre site adjacent to the Dubai Creek and the Consulates of Saudi Arabia and Qatar on land generously donated to the United States by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was officially dedicated and opened.
The NCC represents a significant commitment by the United States to a long-term presence in Dubai, and has allowed the Consulate General to increase the efficiency and accessibility of its services to the public, including assisting American citizens and visa services.
ATTENTION: Laptop computers and/or other larger electronic devices may no longer be brought to the U.S. Consulate. Guards at the Consulate are not permitted to hold these items, and applicants who bring a laptop computer or other large electronic device to the Consulate will be unable to enter until they have returned without the item, which may cause the applicant to miss their scheduled appointment.