Singapore is a sunny, tropical island in South-east Asia, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The city-state is 710 square kilometres and inhabited by five million people from four major communities; Chinese (majority), Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Since its independence in 9 August 1965, the country has adopted a parliamentary democracy system. Currently, the government and the cabinet are led by Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong while President Tharman Shanmugaratnam is the Head of State.
Ideally positioned in South-east Asia, where the rest of the region is just a hop, skip and jump away, Singapore is a thriving metropolis offering a world-class infrastructure, a fully integrated island-wide transport network, dynamic business environment, vibrant living spaces and a rich culture largely influenced by the four major communities in Singapore with each offering different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, food, language and history.
One of the reasons that Singapore proves to be such an attraction as a home is the ease of living, particularly in terms of residence, transportation and governance system. Over the years, Singapore has made significant strides in many areas and has attracted an encouraging number of international accolades which recognise the city as vibrant and world-class.
So whether it's the arts and cultural exchanges, the creation of cutting-edge innovation to enrich the lives of the communities at home or abroad, or the coming together of world-class minds to spark new business opportunities locally and internationally, Singapore is simply, the place where worlds meet.
Singapore - UAE Relations
Singapore and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) established diplomatic relations in 1985 and share strong political, economic and socio-cultural ties. There are regular high-level visits and exchanges between both countries. Launched in 2014, the Singapore-UAE Joint Committee is held biennially and helmed by the Foreign Ministers of both countries. Singapore also has strong links with the individual emirates that make up the UAE. Set up in 2006, the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Joint Forum was the first bilateral economic platform of its kind. As hub cities for our respective regions, Singapore and Dubai share excellent connectivity and cooperation across a variety of areas including smart cities and digital technology. In the northern emirates, Singapore companies continue to have a presence in several key industries. The UAE remains Singapore’s largest trading partner in the Middle East and hosts the largest Singaporean community in the region. Singapore maintains an Embassy in Abu Dhabi and a Consulate-General in Dubai.