United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba attended the 12th Annual Children’s Ball on April 6, 2018. The annual black-tie event hosted by Children’s National occurs in Washington, D.C. and attracts hundreds of philanthropists from around the country. The organization’s mission of providing the best care for all children aligns perfectly with Mr. Al Otaiba’s goal of advancing healthcare for citizens of both the UAE and the US.
This year’s ball was at Union Station and was co-presented by Patrice King Brickman, Marcy Cohen, Jean-Marie Fernandez, Michelle DiFebo Freeman and Kay Kendall. The goal of this event is to bring awareness to Children’s National, whose mission is to advance research and advocacy for children. This ultimately results in providing the best care for this age group.
Ambassador Al Otaiba has previously made strides in healthcare advocacy through the partnership between Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and Abu Dhabi. The Ambassador presented a $50 million gift by the UAE to the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute in February 2018, which will be opening in both the United States and the UAE. Opening this institute will increase research into the causes and treatments of strokes, benefiting patients of all ages.
Mr. Al Otaiba’s ongoing commitment to healthcare is also evident in past collaborations with the Cleveland Clinic and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The UAE Embassy co-sponsored last year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, hosted in Washington, D.C. At the event, Ambassador Al Otaiba emphasized the UAE’s goal of raising awareness for breast cancer through events like the race.
For Mr. Al Otaiba, attending the 12th Annual Children’s Ball reinforces that improving healthcare is a cause that he and the UAE Embassy will continue to support. The Ambassador is looking forward to similar events in the future that will allow him to invest in his community.
Behind every ambulance is a group of paramedics who work tirelessly to save lives. Such is the case in Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates. In fact, Dubai has seen a spike in female paramedics ever since they joined the Dubai Corporation of Ambulance Services in 2004. Fast-forward 14 years later, and women now make up almost a quarter of this corporation. On behalf of the UAE, Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba could not be more proud of the strides his country has taken to see that women are represented in such an essential work force.
Dubai’s 170,000 emergency incidents in 2017, 20% of which were considered life-threatening, underscores the need for many paramedics in the city.
Not only are female paramedics increasing within ambulances, but air evacuation teams are looking to recruit more women as well. This is because they believe that female first responders already play a critical role in the medical field. Another reason why air evacuation teams are trying to bring more women aboard is that most incidents these teams respond to are far away from Rashid Hospital, an institution seeking to recruit more staff.
Health and gender equality are very important matters to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba. Mr. Al Otaiba has been actively advocating for both of these areas during his time as an Ambassador to the United States. For example, the UAE Embassy partnered with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in October 2017. ACS also conducted a 24-hour walk in the UAE called “Relay for Life.” Organized by the ACS, the goal of this event was to raise funds for those who have been afflicted by cancer, as well as their family members.
The UAE Embassy hosted the International Media Diplomacy Programme (IMDP) in November 2017. One of the attendees, Mona Al Marri, spoke about her passion for reducing the gender gap in the UAE. Yousef Al Otaiba was very gratified to have had her speak at the Embassy, as were the rest of IMDP’s attendees.