Yousef Al Otaiba

Yousef Al Otaiba
United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States

  • His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, took up his Washington-based post in July 2008.
  • Previously, he served for seven years as the Director of International Affairs for the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi acting as a senior counselor to HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Ambassador Al Otaiba has helped strengthen the UAE’s security and economic relations throughout the region with the United States and with other nations. He served as the UAE’s principal security, anti-terrorism, and defense liaison to other governments and was heavily involved in diplomatic efforts to improve regional security and defense cooperation.

Most recently, Ambassador Al Otaiba helped guide Abu Dhabi’s leadership in multinational discussions on best practices for sovereign wealth funds. This activity was an extension of his efforts to promote and deepen trade relationships between the UAE and other government, commercial, and private sector entities.

Ambassador Al Otaiba obtained a degree in international relations from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, after graduating from the Cairo American College. He also attended the Industrial College of the US Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, DC as an International Fellow.