Ambassador of the UAE to the US


Four UAE Universities Make Top 15 Ranking of Higher Education

The Times Higher Education’s Arab World University Rankings 2018 has just announced that Khalifa University of Science and Technology was ranked second out of 31 universities, while the United Arab Emirates University was ranked fifth. In addition to this, The American University of Sharjah and the University of Sharjah both made top 15. This accomplishment reflects The United Arab Emirates’ efforts to push for higher education, an issue that UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba is passionate about.

The rankings released by Times Higher Education highlight the importance the UAE places on education. A direct result of the UAE’s efforts is partnerships with other nations that enrich the experiences of students in this country and others. An example of one of these partnerships is with New York University Abu Dhabi and New York University. In January 2018, students from NYUAD spent three weeks traveling to other countries to partake in classes offered abroad. This partnership allowed for students to learn beyond the classroom by taking in and experiencing other cultures.

The efforts put forth by the UAE to strengthen education through partnerships doesn’t stop here. More recently, the UAE partnered with the USA’s Smithsonian Institution to introduce knowledge-building programs. These programs include distance mentoring, training workshops, internships, and fellowships. More specifically, the two countries have been working together to issue academic articles, creating partnerships for exhibits, issuing academic articles, co-hosting events, and conducting research.

The UAE will continue to invest in education through partnerships for students attending its many universities. On behalf of his country, UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba is excited to see how these partnerships will continue to advance international ties.



The UAE Embassy Takes a Stand Against Cancer

On October 19, 2017, the UAE embassy partnered with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to celebrate the release of the inaugural edition of The Cancer Atlas in Arabic. The event also included a panel discussion which highlighted how the UAE plans to develop healthcare systems and public health initiatives in the UAE.

The Cancer Atlas is an extensive guide that incorporates research from hundreds of countries, in efforts to outline the global cancer landscape. The Cancer Atlas is used by professionals, patients, and the general public to educate people about recent findings and to promote cancer prevention and control worldwide.

UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba stresses the importance of partnering with global institutions such as the ACS to help inform the public and raise funds to fight against cancer. In addition to partnering with other organizations here in the United States, Ambassador Al Otaiba ensures efforts to stand against cancer are being made in the UAE as well.

This November, “Relay for Life”, a 24-hour walk to raise funds that support cancer patients and their families, will take place in the UAE. This event is being organized by the ACS in collaboration with Sharjah- based Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) Society. FoCP is a non-profit organization located in the Emirate of Sharjah. FoCP is committed to raising cancer awareness as well as providing medical assistance to improve lives of those affected by cancer.

The ambassador will continue to forge strong relationships between the UAE and US healthcare institutions to provide the best possible healthcare initiatives for UAE citizens.


Abu Dhabi Celebrates Sustainability Week with a Multitude of Events

Tens of thousands of people from 170 different countries recently convened in Abu Dhabi to partake in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017 events.

Taking place January 12 – 21, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017 was the country’s first major international gathering of the year.  Now in its 10th year, the global platform is a government initiative that has grown to become the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East. With the global population estimated at 9 billion by 2050, ADSW was established to promote collaborative thinking and development to accelerate the sustainable solutions needed to support this rapid economic and population growth.

This year, ADSW hosted several signature events like World Future Energy Summit, International Water Summit, EcoWASTE and many more. World leaders, policy makers, experts, business leaders, academics and scientists traveled far and wide to come to Abu Dhabi to discuss, debate and address the energy and sustainability challenges of the future. Each ADSW official event had a slightly different profile. For example, the World Future Energy Summit addressed advancement of future energy and clean technology while the International Water Summit promoted water sustainability in arid regions. And while each event ranged in focus, the overall theme of the week’s events revolved around sustainability.

The UAE has been promoting the use of clean energy and a sustainable future for the last decade. With a desire to ensure sustainable development and preservation of the environment, the UAE government has launched the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda. UAE Vision 2021 acts as the country’s national agenda and focuses on improving the quality of air, preserving water resources and increasing the contribution of clean energy.

In the US, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has been promoting a similar message regarding sustainable development and the use of clean energy. In fact, the preservation of the environment is a key area of bilateral cooperation and a common interest that unites the US and UAE. As the UAE ambassador to the US, Ambassador Al Otaiba has been instrumental the establishment of strategic partnerships between the US and UAE that aid both countries in their efforts to create a sustainable future for the world.



The Role of 3-D Printing in UAE’s Healthcare

As the use of 3-D printing in the medical world continues to grow, the UAE has begun to see the revolutionizing effects in their own healthcare sector.

While many may feel as if 3-D printing is a relatively new and futuristic innovation, the technology has actually been available since 1980, but recently became more popular and widely used in 2009 when prices dropped due to a patent expiration. The technology’s recent price drop and potential to revolutionize several industries across the globe has created a boom in the 3-D printing industry, as more than 500,000 printers have been shipped in 2016.

Through an additive process, 3-D printing is able to transform digital designs into physical, solid objects. By laying down multiple, successive layers of materials, like glass, medal, ceramic or plastic, an object is formed. The successive layers of various materials would be considered thinly sliced horizontal cross-sections of the eventual object.

3-D printing has the potential to change several facets of the medical world. Traditional prosthetics can be replaced entirely by 3-D printing, which will reduce overall cost and wait time for people in need of a prosthetic. Additionally, the technology’s ability to replicate organs will serve as a helpful tool when preparing for or simulating surgeries. In fact, some university students have already started using 3-D printed body parts instead of cadavers.

The UAE has already begun to utilize the technology of 3-D printing in their healthcare sector. The Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, a part of the Cleveland Clinic US, is one among very few hospitals in the region that use 3-D printing for catheter-based interventions and heart surgeries. Furthermore, Medativ, a US and UAE-based 3-D organ printing company, was recently chosen by the Dubai Future Accelerators program to work directly with the Dubai Health Authority in collaboration to create a more innovative health sector.

The constant enhancement and improvement of healthcare through innovation is a common interest the US and UAE share. Through partnerships with leading institutions, like the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, both countries have benefitted from new research, groundbreaking developments and innovations, like 3-D printing.

Acting as the driving force and key supporter behind the development of these partnerships between UAE and leading US healthcare institutions, Ambassador Al Otaiba has been actively promoting deeper ties and greater cooperation between the two countries since the beginning of his ambassadorship in 2008. Ambassador Al Otaiba has been instrumental in the creation of numerous partnerships ranging from healthcare and education to security and business. The UAE’s utilization of 3-D printing to improve the country’s healthcare is a testament of the US and UAE’s strong relationship the ambassador worked so hard to create.


AmCham Abu Dhabi Identifies UAE and US Sectors to Boost Trade

Over 200 business executives, academics, entrepreneurs, and government officials convened in Abu Dhabi last month for AmCham Abu Dhabi’s 8th annual RoundTable Summit.

As an official member of the American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Abu Dhabi is a non-profit organization that strives to promote commerce and investment between the US, Abu Dhabi, the members of AmCham Abu Dhabi, and the UAE. This year, AmCham Abu Dhabi held its 8th annual Roundtable Summit at the Yas Vineroy in Abu Dhabi on October 19, 2016. The prestigious event provided business and government leaders a platform to discuss business opportunities and challenges of trade and investment in Abi Dhabi, as well as identify concerns and issues for those doing business in the Emirate.

The dialogue, made possible by the Summit, allowed event attendees and participants to identify specific government policies, business practices, and laws that can be improved to enhance investment in the UAE and US-UAE commercial relations and assist the Emirate in achieving their goals and plans outlined in Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

The majority of the event was dedicated to 10 roundtable breakout sessions focused on discussions. Among the many sectors discussed at the Roundtable Summit, the following ten showed the most interest: banking and finance; cyber innovation; defense, aerospace and security; education and professional training; energy, water, oil and gas; engineering, construction and project management; fast-moving consumer goods; healthcare and insurance; hospitality and tourism; and media, arts and culture. All issues, solutions, and recommendations discussed and identified by each of the ten sectors will be presented to both US and UAE government officials and policymakers in an effort to increase and promote trade, investment and cooperation.

Participants and attendees of this year’s Roundtable Summit had an opportunity to listen to a keynote address from H.E. Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade and Industry, U.A.E. Ministry of Economy. During his speech, Al Saleh highlighted key areas of UAE and US cooperation and acknowledged the two countries’ growing relationship strengthened by the continuation of successful bilateral trade, economic cooperation and cultural partnerships.

As the US’ largest export market in the Middle East, the UAE is a strong economic partner that produced over $25 billion in two-way trade in 2015 alone. Since the country’s founding in 1971, economic and trade relations between the US and UAE have grown exponentially through strategic partnerships, investments and government policies. Recently, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba touched on the deep commercial ties between the US and UAE during a visit to Dallas, Texas. While delivering a speech to the Political Studies students of Southern Methodist University, Ambassador Al Otaiba noted the robust trade relationship not only between the UAE and US, but more specifically the UAE and the state of Texas. As the state’s exports surpassed more than $2 billion in 2015, Texas is the second largest merchandise exporter to the UAE among the US states.

A Formula for Work Place Happiness in the UAE

A happy work environment for anyone is crucial to wellness and success worldwide. That is why under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE is focused on creating a happy work environment for all government ministries and institutions

Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness has created a Customer Happiness Formula that highlights the government’s ability to achieve customer happiness and to ensure the well-being of the community by providing excellent services to achieve this.

The Customer Happiness Formula highlights three main components: employees who pride themselves in providing excellent government services, government entities that are dedicated to making customers happy, and positive proactive customers who are willing to provide suggestions and contribute to the development of innovative services that create happiness.

The concept of happiness is not new for the people of the UAE. This workplace philosophy surrounding UAE government employees is actually inherited from the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He emphasized the value of happiness for all citizens and residents, and the Customer Happiness Formula is helping to achieve this environment.

A positive environment is necessary when striving to achieve the most success in the work place.  A happy work environment transfers through to employees and, in the end, to the customers and it is a never ending cycle. Whether you are in the USA or UAE, the performance of employees reflects heavily back on the environment that the employees are surrounded by and the UAE government is striving to provide this happiness to all segments of society.

IT and Health Care Industries see jobs demand growth

The UAE is surpassing others in the Gulf Cooperation Council market, excelling in the education, healthcare, and IT industries. The information technology and healthcare fields in the Middle East have risen above the rest in job demand, according to the March 2016 Monster Employment Index. With the UAE’s mission to achieve a knowledge-based economy, the country is preparing to meet that demand.

UAE Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba has supported expanded education programs and partnerships with other countries, including the United States. In an initiative to make UAE youth the next generation of innovators, Al Otaiba has worked to foster partnerships with the United States to support cross-cultural learning and engagement.

While unemployment remains a concern in many parts of the world, UAE companies in the healthcare industry are ready to hire young educated professionals. The job website, Monster, reported that the healthcare industry in the UAE has grown by 66 percent since the beginning of 2016. Additionally, the industry’s ads for jobs have increased by 76 percent. A managing director at the company said this spike could be attributed to the UAE’s attractive and affordable healthcare system.

Some industries with traditionally high job demand, such as the oil and gas field, are slowing down, but many experts say the medical industry is stable. In addition, the UAE is seeing one of the highest pay raises in the Middle East, showing the reward of pursuing a knowledge-based economy.

The future looks bright for young leaders in the UAE who are invested in their education. In partnership with the United States, the country hopes to make that future even more promising with continued opportunities for young people.