About Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba presented his credentials to President George W. Bush on July 28, 2008. Sent to fulfill the diplomatic position with a goal of strengthening the UAE’s relationship with the U.S., Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba claimed that the two countries share many similarities such as interest in promoting economic stability and advancing peace. Currently, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba establishes beneficial partnership agreements by arranging meetings between UAE representatives and other economic interests.
In addition, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba holds responsibility for leading multinational discussions about the handling of sovereign wealth funds. In order to enhance cultural ties between the UAE and the U.S., Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba established the Oasis Foundation of Washington, DC. Under Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s direction, the Foundation focuses on the promotion of mutual understanding of the different national cultures. As the Oasis Foundation focuses on charity, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba sets the example with his own fundraising efforts, which includes donating over $528,000 to the Children’s National Medical Center to fight cancer. Prior to serving as Ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba assumed the position of Director of International Affairs for the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
In this role, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba advised the Crown Prince as senior counselor. During his tenure as Director, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has focused on issues regarding national security, functioning as an advocate for anti-terrorism, and defense. Additionally, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s efforts to enhance export controls laws and policies have improved regional defense. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba attended Cairo American College, which strives to create global citizens of its students. Upon graduating, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba enrolled in Georgetown University where he studied international relations. Additionally, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba served as an International Fellow at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.