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Yousef Al Otaiba

UAE Ambassador to the US

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

Washington, DC, USA

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Yousef’s Biography

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States. Yousef has also served as Minister of State for the UAE since 2017.

As the nation's most senior diplomat in the US, Yousef has advanced the UAE’s strategic interests and set ambitious goals to further peace talks among Middle Eastern nations. In September 2020, his article on Israel’s annexation of the West Bank resonated with global leaders and played an important role in convening representatives from the UAE, US, Israel and Bahrain to sign the Abraham Accords normalization deal.

The Abraham Accords have brought significant economic and social advantages to the UAE, Israel and the broader Middle East. From new business deals to scientific research, conservation initiatives, healthcare partnerships and cultural exchanges, the UAE-Israel relationship is growing at a rapid rate.

Yousef has also played a key role in growing mutual investment and trade between the UAE and US. With organizations such as the US-UAE Business Council, he has headed strategic initiatives in sectors...
His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States. Yousef has also served as Minister of State for the UAE since 2017.

As the nation's most senior diplomat in the US, Yousef has advanced the UAE’s strategic interests and set ambitious goals to further peace talks among Middle Eastern nations. In September 2020, his article on Israel’s annexation of the West Bank resonated with global leaders and played an important role in convening representatives from the UAE, US, Israel and Bahrain to sign the Abraham Accords normalization deal.

The Abraham Accords have brought significant economic and social advantages to the UAE, Israel and the broader Middle East. From new business deals to scientific research, conservation initiatives, healthcare partnerships and cultural exchanges, the UAE-Israel relationship is growing at a rapid rate.

Yousef has also played a key role in growing mutual investment and trade between the UAE and US. With organizations such as the US-UAE Business Council, he has headed strategic initiatives in sectors such as healthcare, climate change, renewable energy and education. Yousef was also integral in establishing the UAE as the US’s biggest export market in the MENA region.

In 2019, he co-signed the strongest non-proliferation policy in history: the US-UAE 123 Agreement for Peaceful Civilian Nuclear Energy Cooperation. He has also worked with US administrations to advance defense, military and security cooperation to address regional challenges and threats.

Yousef has led numerous philanthropic, social and cultural projects between the UAE and the US, including the Emirates Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School; the Abu Dhabi Special Olympics World Games; and humanitarian aid throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

After completing his studies at Cairo American College, Yousef attended Georgetown University and the Washington, DC-based National Defense University.
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Yousef’s Newsfeed

Liberty University hosts ambassadors for Abraham Accords discussion

Ambassadors Yousef Al Otaiba, Abdulla Khalifa and Gilad Erdan were hosted by Liberty University’s Helms School of Government to discuss the Abraham Accords Agreement.

UAE Embassy in Washington, DC Celebrates 50th National Day

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba led the United Arab Emirates Embassy's 50th National Day and Golden Jubilee celebrations at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Yousef’s Background

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
UAE Ambassador to the US
Jul 2008 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
Yousef Al Otaiba is the current UAE Ambassador to the United States, a position he has held for over a decade. The embassy is the UAE's diplomatic mission to the US.
Government of the United Arab Emirates
Minister of State
2017 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
As Minister of State and the UAE's top diplomat in the US, the Ambassador has a unique opportunity to disseminate a forceful message of tolerance and inclusion while focusing on the shared values that bind the UAE and the US together.
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Yousef’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Member | Global Polio Eradication Initiative
2011 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
The United Arab Emirates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are collaborating to enhance world health. Since 2011, the UAE has partnered with the Gates Foundation to help distribute life-saving vaccines to those who need them most.
Special Olympics
Board of Directors
Washington, DC, USA
The Special Olympics was formed in 1968 with the goal of encouraging all persons to be included and accepted. It leverages the power of sport to give persons with intellectual disabilities a space to explore their talents, skills, abilities and successes.
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Previous Board Positions

EastWest Institute
Board of Directors
New York, NY, USA
The EastWest Institute's continuing programmatic work connects a diverse network of professionals and influencers around the world. The EWI participates in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, brings diametrically opposed parties to the bargaining table and anticipates and develops answers to global concerns.

Media

Yousef Al Otaiba
Washington, DC, USA
On his website, Yousef shares insights, media, news and information about his philanthropic endeavors in one extensively curated space.
Podbridge
Host
Washington, DC, USA
Podbridge was launched by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC to provide new opportunities for global involvement and to build a bridge between the United States, the Middle East, and the rest of the globe. Special guests from a variety of fields are invited to provide their perspectives on current events, cultural trends, and global issues.
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Interviews

Impact of the Abraham Accords
Jun 2021
In this interview with The National News , Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba discussed his widely read op-ed, “Annexation Will Be a Serious Setback for Better Relations with the Arab World,” and the future of UAE-Israel normalization.
Reimagining the Middle East
Jun 2021
Stockholm, SE
In this interview with the Tällberg Foundation, Yousef Al Otaiba shares his thoughts on the transformative potential of the Abraham Accords and how this agreement can lead to a better economic and cultural future for Middle Eastern nations.
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Features

50 Years | 50 Faces
Contributor
2021
50 Years | 50 Faces is a UAE Embassy storytelling initiative that features contributions from a range of Emiratis and Americans who share their personal stories on the UAE’s history and relations with the US.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the man behind the UAE-Israel deal
Sep 2020
Jerusalem, IL
After the signing of the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement, The Jerusalem Post published a feature on Yousef Al Otaiba, highlighting his tireless work in advancing peace among MIddle Eastern nations and his extensive background as a diplomat and global leader.
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Publications

U.S. Policy Toward Arab States, Palestinians, and Israel: Ideas and Approaches for the Biden Administration
Author
Feb 2021
Washington, DC, USA
Yousef Al Otaiba and other officials, business executives and scholars examine the economic, political and human consequences of regional normalization initiatives, as well as their potential to re-ignite Palestinian peace talks.
Shalom, salaam and welcome
Author
Aug 2020
Washington, DC, USA
Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the US, praises the new agreement with Israel as a stepping stone to a better future in the Middle East, including increased prosperity and innovation, greater chances for young people, and the dismantling of long-held stereotypes.
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Memberships

Center for Public Leadership | Harvard Kennedy School
Member
Boston, MA, USA
The Center for Public Leadership Research was established in 2000 as a gift to the Harvard Kennedy School from the Wexner Foundation. The center undertakes research to provide effective leadership skills to leaders in government, non-profit organizations and business.
Meridian International Center
Supporter
Washington, DC, USA
Meridian is a nonpartisan, nonprofit diplomacy center that links leaders through culture and collaboration to drive global solutions.
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Awards & Endorsements

100 Most Influential People of 2020: Yousef Al Otaiba
Honoree
Sep 2020
New York, NY, USA
Yousef was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. As the UAE's long-serving Ambassador to the US, Yousef holds significant influence in Washington, which greatly advances the small Gulf nation.
Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Prize in Philanthropy
Award Recipient
Mar 2015
Washington, DC, USA
The Joseph E Robert Jr Philanthropy Prize was established to recognize families who have given back after a personal encounter with the institution. Ambassador Al Otaiba was instrumental in the establishment of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation in 2009, which specializes in advanced surgery, pain treatment, and other pediatric-related advances.
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Specialist Courses

Georgetown University
Leadership Seminar at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy
2007
Washington, DC, USA
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in the School of Foreign Service organizes and hosts the annual Georgetown Leadership Seminar, a prominent executive education program. Over the course of 30 years, more than 900 people from over 100 countries have taken part in the program.

Speaking Engagements

Liberty University hosts ambassadors for Abraham Accords discussion
Panel Member
Apr 2022
Lynchburg, VA, USA
Yousef Al Otaiba joined other global leaders in a discussion on the road to signing the Abraham Accords peace agreements and how they see the agreement's role in future efforts at peace in the region.
Ambassador Al Otaiba Reflects on Abraham Accords with US and Israeli Counterparts
Mar 2022
The UAE Embassy in Washington, DC and Jewish Insider hosted Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides and Israel’s Ambassador to the US Michael Herzog to discuss the progress made since the official signing of the Abraham Accords.
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Charitable Interests

Children's National
Donor
Washington, DC, USA
Children's National Hospital has innovated pediatric healthcare around the US and world for more than 150 years. Serving the nation's children, the hospital is one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States.

Community Engagement

County officials and McLean Youth Soccer celebrate opening of newly converted Holladay Field
Tysons, VA, USA
Yousef Al Otaiba attended the grand opening of the Holladay Field project in November of 2021. Also a donor of the facility’s renovation project, Yousef sees this as an important project that helps highlight the importance of youth sports for kids, families, and the community.
NYU Abu Dhabi
Partner
Abu Dhabi, AE
NYU Abu Dhabi, a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and scientific college, is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be run abroad by a major American research institution.
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Press Releases

UAE Embassy in Washington, DC Hosts Annual Interfaith Iftar; Ambassador Highlights UAE's Commitment to Tolerance, Religious Diversity in UAE
May 2019
Abu Dhabi, AE
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, hosted an interfaith Iftar at the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. More than 150 religious leaders, senior government and community officials, and members of the media were in attendance.
UAE Embassy in Washington DC Celebrates Nation’s 50th National Day
Dec 2021
Washington, DC, USA
On December 2nd, diplomats gathered at the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, DC to celebrate the UAE’s 50th National Day and Golden Jubilee. The event is a tribute to the UAE’s five decades as a nation.
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Yousef’s Education