Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba brought a strong background when he accepted the post of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to the United States of America in 2008. He previously served as Director of International Affairs for the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. In addition, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba held the position of Senior Counselor to His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
In these positions, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba acted as a liaison between the UAE and other governments on security, defense, and anti-terrorism tactics. He also worked to strengthen his country's economic and security relations in the Middle East, with the U.S., and with other countries. Other diplomatic efforts of Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba addressed export control laws and counter-proliferation activities. Through meetings with foreign officials, he facilitated a number of mutually beneficial agreements.
The well-educated Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations. As an International Fellow, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba completed studies at the Industrial College of Armed Forces' National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
In his current role as UAE Ambassador to the United States of America, Otaiba has added impressively to his resume. While continuing to focus on economic, security, anti-terrorism, and other issues vitally important to both the U.S. and the UAE, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has found additional ways to promote understanding between the two countries. He raised more than half a million dollars for Children's National Medical Center and sits on the Board of Directors of the EastWest Institute, which confronts issues endangering peace.