Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba: Supporting Commercial Ties between the United Arab Emirates and the United States
As United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to the United States for the past four years, Yousef Al Otaiba has emphasized building stronger cultural and economic ties between the two countries. His efforts reflect the UAE’s strategic positioning as a steadfast ally and major trading partner with the United States in the Arabian Gulf region.
With its currency pegged to the U.S. dollar, the UAE stands as America’s largest Middle Eastern export market. More than 800 U.S. firms have a local presence in the UAE, and this number is steadily increasing. Strengthened commercial ties are the primary focus of organizations such as the U.S.-UAE Business Council, which brings together numerous companies from both countries as collaborative partners. The year 2012 marked the inauguration of the first-ever U.S.-UAE Economic Policy Dialogue, which represents a vital effort to coordinate trade matters and commercial relations at the national level.
Government officials such as Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba are confident that mutually beneficial relations between the UAE and the United States will continue well into the 21st century.