HIS EXCELLENCY ABDALLA SHAHEEN
Consul General of the United Arab Emirates in New York
His Excellency Abdalla Shaheen, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates in New York, was appointed in April 2019. As Consul General, Shaheen works to promote the important UAE-US bilateral relationship and expand business and cultural ties in New York and the Eastern US region. Consul General Shaheen also serves as a liaison for US corporate and government officials and as a resource for UAE Nationals residing in the East Coast area.
Prior, Consul General Shaheen worked closely with Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation. In this capacity, Consul General Shaheen advised on and coordinated the execution of programs and strategic initiatives under her portfolio, including Expo 2020, Dubai Cares, Vice President Office for Political Affairs (VPoPA), and the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA).
From 2010-2017, Consul General Shaheen was with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, becoming Deputy Chief of Staff in 2012. As Deputy Chief of Staff to His Highness, Consul General Shaheen helped manage all aspects of the Foreign Minister’s portfolio and his office, developing a deep knowledge and expertise in foreign affairs.
In addition, Consul General Shaheen liaised with foreign officials and Ambassadors in the UAE as well as Emirati Ambassadors abroad. He also established strong relationships with UAE officials from business and government entities, including the UAE’s Supreme Council for National Security, Emirates Diplomatic Academy, Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), National Defense College, and Education and Human Resources Council.
Consul General Shaheen was born and raised in Sharjah, UAE. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach.