Ambassador Al Otaiba at Jubilee School

Yousef Al Otaiba: A Message from the UAE Ambassador

Welcome to the UAE USA United Campaign

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba was appointed as UAE Ambassador to the US in July 2008 and promoted to Minister of State by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2017. As the UAE’s top diplomat in the US, his position provides a platform to spread a powerful message of tolerance and inclusion, and focus on the common values that bond the United Arab Emirates and the United States together.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has also helped forge important partnerships with major U.S. institutions such as New York University, the Cleveland Clinic, the Guggenheim Museum, Children’s National Hospital, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His diplomatic achievements have earned him a spot on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list. In addition, he has been named Ambassador of the Year by the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and received the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award and the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Prize in Philanthropy.

Prior to this role, Ambassador Al Otaiba was Director of International Affairs for the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He attended Cairo American College, Georgetown University and National Defense University.

HE Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US

Welcome to the UAE USA Campaign


As the UAE Ambassador to the US, my top priority is to preserve this unique relationship and to highlight the work and progress being made on behalf of both countries to create a better future across the globe.

Working from the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, it has been a true honor and privilege to witness first-hand the tremendous growth and success of this bilateral relationship. Together, we have broken down cultural barriers like never before and formed valuable partnerships focused on important global challenges like climate change and sustainable development.

These joint ventures are the reason behind the UAE USA United campaign, a UAE Embassy initiative to celebrate our shared achievements. As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, we stand committed to fostering a better global future based on equality, peace and prosperity.

Economic Growth and Innovation

Home to one of the most open economies in the world, the UAE’s strong relationship with the US has helped to establish the region as a modern leader in trade, investment and economic reform.

Over the last decade, bilateral trade grew by more than 400 percent and the UAE became one of the US’ largest sources of foreign direct investment. Since then, the UAE has remained the US’ largest export market in the Middle East, more than 1,500 US corporations have offices in the UAE and total trade with the US surpassed $24 billion. These economic exchanges have provided critical support for jobs and enterprises in the UAE and across America.

Our long-time efforts have established revolutionary partnerships with several American organizations including the Wilson Center, the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Children’s National Hospital, New York University, NASA and Harvard University.

Global Security and Stability

At the heart of UAE-US relations is a common interest to promote greater security and stability in the Middle East region.

To this day, the UAE is the only Arab nation to partner with the US in six military coalition actions across the Middle East and is actively working alongside the US to combat extremists including ISIS and Al Qaeda. As a result, US naval vessels visit UAE ports more than any other foreign ports and over 4,000 US troops are hosted in the country.

Progress on Peace and Inclusivity

In 2019, the UAE celebrated the “Year of Tolerance,” which inspired a number of multicultural events including Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Emirates.

During this time, the UAE Embassy and dedicated partners in the US worked together to create new opportunities for cultural exchange. This includes the UAE's first time hosting the Special Olympics World Games, the most diverse and inclusive World Games in history.


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