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Message of welcome from the Consul General on our official website in Dubai

In December 2017 the Consulate General of the Republic of South Africa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, welcomed the arrival of the new Consul General, His Excellency Mr Mogobo David Magabe.
I have a great pleasure in extending my warm wishes and sincere felicitations to all South Africans living in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

For almost two decades now, the Republic of South Africa has been enjoying warm and friendly relations with Dubai, UAE in the field of Trade, Investment, Tourism and Economic Cooperation.

Our Cooperation and relations are based on trust, mutual understanding, and friendship as alluded to in our National priorities and the National Development Plan in addressing South Africa’s National interests.

There are about 90 South African Companies doing business in the UAE, in the Financial, Construction, Hospitality, and Healthcare sectors, to name a few. The South African Business Council (SABCO) is an active organization for networking with local and international businesses. There is a constant flow of business delegations between South Africa and the UAE. South African Manufacturers, Buyers and Exporters participate in the UAE at events such as Gulfood, Automechanika, IDEX, Arab Health, LeatherWorld, VOD, Jewellery, etc. The South African Consulate General can also assist the many South Africans who are looking for distributors for their products in the UAE.

As a result of these initiatives; exports of SA products to the UAE was ZAR 24.7 Billion in 2017, growing from ZAR 12.1 Billion in 2013. The Total Trade increased from ZAR 21.3 Billion in 2013 to ZAR 39.5 Billion in 2017. Approximately ZAR 3.5 Billion worth of FDI by UAE based companies was invested in South Africa.

I also like to take this opportunity to invite all South Africans to make use of the website of the Consulate General of South Africa in Dubai which provides the information on the Immigration and Consular services to our citizens abroad in terms of the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations (1963) as well as Legalization Services in terms of the Rules of the High Court and Hague convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization of foreign Public Documents of 1961.

In this regard, our front line office is managed by a highly committed staff in line with our values of patriotism, loyalty, dedication, Ubuntu, equality, integrity in pursuant to the Batho Pele Principles.

For any further enquiries please contact our Consular Services at 04-397 5222.

Warmest regards

CG Magabe

Official Notice: Please be advised that all applications for visas must henceforth as of the 1st February 2017 be submitted through VFS, which is situated at Wafi Mall.

Only long term visas/permits must still be submitted at the Consulate.


“All applications for visas to South Africa must henceforth as of the 1st February 2017 be submitted through VFS offices (+971 4 2055719) in Wafi Mall, Dubai, between 9:00 – 17:00. (www.vfsglobal.com/southafrica/UAE). Only long term visas/permits must still be submitted at the South African Consulate General, Dubai.”

Mr Mogobo David Magabe
Consul General
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