First UAE consulate in South India opened in Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram: To provide better services to NRIs, the first consulate of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in South India, was opened in Thiruvananthapuram.
The consulate at Manakkad (near Fort police station) is the third diplomatic mission of UAE in the country.
Governor P Sathasivam, who inaugurated the consulate, said that the cooperation between Kerala and UAE in the tourism and higher education sectors should be increased.
70% of Indians in UAE are Keralites and 35.5 per cent of Keralite expatriates are in UAE, the Governor pointed out.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who participated in the function, expressed hope that the relations between the two countries will become stronger with the opening of the consulate.
UAE under secretary Mohammed Mir Abdullah Al Raisi pointed out that the people of Kerala will benefit the most when the consulate starts functioning.
Shashi Tharoor MP, UAE Ambassador to India Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, Industrialist MA Yousuf Ali and Consul General Jamal Hussain Al Zaabi spoke. After the inauguration, the consulate started receiving visa applications. The consulate will officially start functioning from Thursday. UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan gave approval to start the consulate in Thiruvananthapuram last June.
Visa, attestation of documents at Thiruvananthapuram consulate
Till now, the office of the UAE ambassador and the consulate in Mumbai were the diplomatic missions of UAE in India. From now onwards, all the facilities available at Mumbai consulate will be availabe at Thiruvananthapuram also. Visas will be issued and attestation of documents will be done here. The directions to people travelling to UAE will be given from Thiruvananthapuram.
People in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra and Telengana can also avail the services of the consulate.