Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America Yousef Al Otaiba has many duties. In addition to deepening security ties between the United States and the U.A.E., Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has been tasked with helping entities in the two countries find new ways to cooperate economically.
The ambassador’s efforts include arranging visits to regions around the United States for embassy personnel. In July 2013, one such trip brought several embassy officials to Nashville, Tennessee, where they met with leaders in business and government to talk about ways in which Tennessee and the U.A.E. could cooperate economically.
Tennessee’s exports to the U.A.E., which include automotive parts, medical equipment, and aerospace products, have been growing rapidly over the past decade, and the state currently ranks 11th in the United States in terms of exports to the Middle Eastern nation. Embassy officials talked with the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as well as with leaders from the Nashville Health Care Council and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce during their trip.
Based in Washington, D.C., the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, helps to build relationships with various businesses and nonprofit organizations across America, representing the UAE’s various economic and cross-cultural interests. Over the past several years, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and his colleagues at the embassy have sought and obtained partnerships with a number of key humanitarian groups in Washington, D.C., and beyond, ranging from health care to disaster relief. Today, the UAE enjoys a partnership with Children’s National Medical Center, a leading children’s hospital in Washington, D.C., known for its breadth of pediatric services. Alongside UAE charity Zayed Giving, Children’s National Medical Center established a mobile clinic in Abu Dhabi in 2008 to screen for, prevent, and treat a number of childhood illnesses. In addition to the mobile clinic, Children’s National maintains a medical office in Abu Dhabi that provides continuing medical education courses for physicians in the Gulf region and aims to improve the state of pediatric health care in other Middle Eastern countries.