50 Years 50 Faces

50 years of UAE-US friendship celebrated through 50 unique moments

This UAE Embassy storytelling campaign features contributions from well-known and lesser-known Emiratis and Americans, who share personal narratives and anecdotes that reflect on the breadth and depth of the UAE’s history and relations with the US. Their stories range from today to 50 years ago, and everywhere in between. We invite you to explore these unique moments and the deep friendship they represent. This is 50 Years | 50 Faces.

50 Years 50 Faces Video Tiles with Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
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50 Years | 50 Faces: Suzy Sikorski
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

Suzy Sikorski

A New Yorker bringing Emirati art to the masses

50 Years | 50 Faces: Fr. Ray Kemp, Rev. Johnnie Moore & Rabbi Bruce Lustig
Arts & Culture
Society & Values

Fr. Ray Kemp, Rev. Johnnie Moore & Rabbi Bruce Lustig

A Priest, Pastor & Rabbi reflect on the UAE Embassy's first interfaith iftar

50 Years | 50 Faces: Ihab Darwish
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

Ihab Darwish

Emirati classical meets American jazz

50 Years | 50 Faces: Matt Ayoub
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Matt Ayoub

ACS alum turned board chair describes 50 years of UAE-US partnership

 

50 Years | 50 Faces: Dorian Paul Rogers
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

Dorian Paul Rogers

An American slam poet cultivating the UAE’s spoken word scene

50 Years | 50 Faces: Suzy Sikorski
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

Suzy Sikorski

A New Yorker bringing Emirati art to the masses

50 Years | 50 Faces: Dorian Paul Rogers
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

Dorian Paul Rogers

An American slam poet cultivating the UAE’s spoken word scene

50 Years | 50 Faces: Fr. Ray Kemp, Rev. Johnnie Moore & Rabbi Bruce Lustig
Arts & Culture
Society & Values

Fr. Ray Kemp, Rev. Johnnie Moore & Rabbi Bruce Lustig

A Priest, Pastor & Rabbi reflect on the UAE Embassy's first interfaith iftar

50 Years | 50 Faces: Matt Ayoub
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Matt Ayoub

ACS alum turned board chair describes 50 years of UAE-US partnership

 

50 Years | 50 Faces: Ihab Darwish
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

Ihab Darwish

Emirati classical meets American jazz

50 Years | 50 Faces: Maisoon Al Saleh
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

Maisoon Al Saleh

An Emirati artist on how her childhood in the US inspires her art today

50 Years | 50 Faces: Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi
Diplomatic Relations
Innovation & Education

Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi

The UAE's first astronauts reflect on UAE-US space cooperation

50 Years | 50 Faces: Ambassador Michael Corbin
Diplomatic Relations
Innovation & Education

Ambassador Michael Corbin

The former US ambassador to the UAE on how the country is a “global crossroads"

50 Years | 50 Faces: Tim Shriver and Krystal Johnson
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Tim Shriver and Krystal Johnson

The Special Olympics chair and Team USA athlete on how the UAE welcomed the world to Abu Dhabi

50 Years | 50 Faces: Secretary William Cohen
Diplomatic Relations
Society & Values

Secretary William Cohen

The former US senator and defense secretary recounts the deep strategic relationship and military cooperation between the UAE and US

50 Years | 50 Faces: Dr. CJ Huff & Kim Vann
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Dr. CJ Huff & Kim Vann

During an unprecedented disaster, Joplin Schools officials found an unexpected friend and partner in the UAE

50 Years | 50 Faces: Alia Al Mansoori
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Alia Al Mansoori

The Emirati teen whose experiment blasted into space aboard a NASA rocket

50 Years | 50 Faces: Dr. John Sexton
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

John Sexton

NYU's president emeritus tells the origin story of NYU Abu Dhabi – the first comprehensive liberal arts and sciences university in the Middle East

50 Years | 50 Faces: Dr. Ajlan Al Zaki
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Dr. Ajlan Al Zaki

An Emirati doctor whose US studies helped him find his calling

50 Years | 50 Faces: General James Mattis
Diplomatic Relations
Society & Values

General James Mattis

The former commander of US Central Command and secretary of defense describes the close cooperation between UAE and US armed forces

50 Years | 50 Faces: Noora Alsaeed
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Noora Alsaeed

An Emirati researcher studies Mars from her second home in Boulder, Colorado

50 Years | 50 Faces: Dr. Michael Bates
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Dr. Michael Bates

The Catholic school leader discovers the UAE's diverse religious community

50 Years | 50 Faces: Hanan Sayed Worrell
Arts & Culture
Society & Values

Hanan Sayed Worrell

An American author's first Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi

50 Years | 50 Faces: Ali Kaddas Al Romaithi
Arts & Culture
Society & Values

Ali Kaddas Al Romaithi

The story of Muhammad Ali’s visit to an innovative farm in Abu Dhabi

50 Years | 50 Faces: President George W. Bush
Diplomatic Relations
Society & Values

President George W. Bush

A special message from the 43rd President of the United States

50 Years | 50 Faces: Steve Harvey
Arts & Culture
Society & Values

Steve Harvey

The American entertainer discovers a “culture of peace” in the UAE

50 Years | 50 Faces: Fatima Al Ali
Arts & Culture
Society & Values

Fatima Al Ali

An Emirati hockey player takes the ice with the NHL’s Washington Capitals

50 Years | 50 Faces: Tala Al Ramahi
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Tala Al-Ramahi

Reflections on bringing the Special Olympics World Games to Abu Dhabi

50 Years | 50 Faces: Dr. Scott Kennedy
Innovation & Education
Society & Values

Dr. Scott Kennedy

The American family who founded Abu Dhabi’s first hospital

50 Years | 50 Faces: Phallon Lattimore
Diplomatic Relations
Society & Values

Phallon Lattimore

A Washington, DC school director describes how a new soccer field connected a community

Sultan Al Qassemi
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

Sultan Al Qassemi

The Emirati teacher introducing UAE culture to university students in the US

Omran Sharaf
Business & Economy
Innovation & Education

Omran Sharaf

The Emirates Mars Mission director who led a team of Emirati and American engineers and scientists

Dr. Tom Mihaljevic
Business & Economy
Innovation & Education

Dr. Tom Mihaljevic

The surgeon who opened Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi

Ali Alghfeli
Arts & Culture
Society & Values

Ali Alghfeli

An Emirati student who documented his road-trip across the USA

Ambassador Marcelle Wahba
Diplomatic Relations
Society & Values

Ambassador Marcelle Wahba

The US Ambassador posted to the UAE just after 9/11

50 Years 50 Faces Video Tiles with Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
Diplomatic Relations
Society & Values

Ambassador Al Otaiba

The UAE Ambassador shares his earliest US memories as a student-athlete at Georgetown University

Farouk El-Baz
Diplomatic Relations
Innovation & Education

Farouk El-Baz

The scientist who introduced Apollo astronauts to Sheikh Zayed

Michele Bambling
Arts & Culture
Innovation & Education

Michele Bambling

An American professor cataloguing the UAE’s history with her Emirati students

Hattem Mattar
Business & Economy
Society & Values

Hattem Mattar

The UAE pitmaster who brought Texas-style brisket to Dubai

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