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.