The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi was formally opened on 17 June 1980. It was then headed by Consul Alberto A. Encomienda in his capacity as Charge d’ Affaires, a.i.
Before the establishment of the Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan had jurisdiction over the Philippine interests in the United Arab Emirates.
The first Chancery was in the 17-storey Janana Building along Electra Street in the Khalidiya area. Space constraints led the Embassy to relocate in 1987 to the Abu Tower along Hamdan Street and then to the Al Saman Tower, popularly known as Banque IndoSuez Building.
In June 1995, the Embassy’s Chancery relocated to a twin villa at Najda Street which also accommodated the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO). By September 2002, the Embassy once again transferred to Tenth corner Eleventh Streets, Madinat Zayed area.
In September 2005, the Embassy relocated its Chancery to Villa No. 2, Street 5, E-18/02 Plot No. 97 behind Al Falah Plaza, also at the Madinat Zayed area.
From 01 September 2010 to 31 May 2014, the Philippine Embassy was located in Villa No.8, Street No.8, Sector 94, Zone 2, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi.
Since 01 June 2014, the Embassy is located at W-48, Street No. 8, Sector 2-23, Plot 51, Al Qubaisat, Abu Dhabi.
H.E. Hjayceelyn M. Quintana is the current Philippine Ambassador to the UAE. She assumed her duties as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Arab Emirates on 20 August 2018. The Embassy of UAE in Manila is currently headed by a Chargé d’Affaires, Sheikh Saoud Ali Al Mualla.
Heads of the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi were the following:
Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
|1. Isabelo J. Astraquillo||20 October 1986 to 20 August 1989|
|2. Fortunato D. Oblena||01 August 1989 to 30 July 1994|
|3. Roy V. Señeres||30 August 1994 to 08 February 1998|
|4. Amable R. Aguiluz III||27 November 1998 to 31 May 2003|
|5. Libran N. Cabactulan||07 December 2003 to 03 August 2009|
|6. Grace Relucio Princesa||24 October 2009 to 24 October 2015|
|7. Constancio R. Vingno, Jr.||28 October 2015 to 09 June 2018|
|8. Hjayceelyn M. Quintana||20 August 2018 to present|
Charges d’ Affaires, a.i.
|1. Alberto A. Encomienda||10 February 1980 to 30 September 1983|
|2. Antonio L. Ramirez||September 1983 to 02 December 1986|
|3. Joseph Gerard B. Angeles||February 1998 to 26 November 1998|
|4. Renato P.O. Villa||01 June 2002 to 24 September 2002|
|5. Jose Arthur P. Ampeso||25 September 2002 to 05 July 2003|
|6. Generoso G. Calonge||07 July 2003 to 06 December 2003|
|7. Noel Eugene Eusebio M. Servigon||04 August to 23 October 2009.|
The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi has jurisdiction over the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Consular jurisdiction over the emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah was transferred to the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai upon its ceremonial opening on 06 April 2004.
Representatives from the Philippine Overseas Employment Adminsitration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Social Security System (SSS),the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank), Pag Ibig Fund, and Department of Social Welfare and Dvelopment (DSWD), are also available to address specific needs and concerns of Filipino nationals in the United Arab Emirates.
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ABU DHABI
W-48, Street No. 8, Sector 2-23, Plot 51, Al Qubaisat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Postal Address: P.O. Box 3215, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fax. +971 2 639 0002
Tel. +971 2 639 0006
The Embassy is a twin villa. One of the villas will serve as the Chancery and the other will be the premises of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office(POEA/OWWA). The location of the new Embassy, as well as the bus routes is shown in the following maps.
Coordinate : 24.428978, 54.413554