UAE ministry welcomes newly appointed Filipino envoy in Dubai

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Staff Report

A top official of the UAE Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has welcomed the appointment of the Philippines’ new head of mission in the UAE’s most populous emirate.

MoFAIC Dubai Deputy Director H.E. Rashid Abdulla Al Qaseer has officially accredited former Philippine Deputy Consul General Renato Dueñas, Jr. as the new Philippine Consul General in Dubai, in a formal face-to-face meeting on Thursday (27 Jan).

The MoFAIC – Dubai deputy director said Mr. Dueñas’ four-year experience as the mission’s second-in-command provides a unique advantage for both the Philippines and the UAE.

“I am extremely honoured to be assuming post as consul general in the one of the most dynamic cities in the world and the second home of nearly half a million Filipinos,” the new consul general said about his appointment.

He stressed that while the task is a daunting one, he is confident that the Filipino community in Dubai, “can and will overcome the challenges that lie ahead” with the support of the UAE government.

“Rest assured, the Philippine consulate in Dubai will do its utmost in helping Filipinos continue to thrive in this part of the world,” he said.

During the meeting, the top Filipino diplomat has renewed the Philippines’ commitment in pursuing greater cooperation with the UAE in all areas of mutual interest, particularly with Dubai.

On behalf of the government, Mr. Dueñas expressed gratitude for the UAE’s support to the Filipino community in Dubai throughout the past two decades, during which the population of Filipino migrant workers in the emirate rose dramatically.

Both officials highlighted the large number of Filipinos in the UAE, particularly in Dubai, acknowledging the many challenges everyone is presently facing due to the pandemic.

Consul General Dueñas is a seasoned career diplomat who has been in the Philippine Foreign Service Corps for 23 years. He has served the Philippine embassies in Egypt, Iran, and Libya.

As consul general in Dubai, he is responsible for promoting the Philippines’ interests as well as protecting the welfare of over 400,000 Filipinos residing in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

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