Al Otaiba

Ambassador of the UAE to the USA

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba has led the permanent mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America since July 2008. He was recognized by the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce as Ambassador of the Year for 2010, and in 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Minister.

During his time in office, Ambassador Al Otaiba has focused his diplomatic efforts on reinforcing UAE-US relations through economic, cultural, and military cooperation. He has also stepped forward as a leader in Middle East stabilization efforts, nuclear non-proliferation agreements, and the many humanitarian and charitable endeavors of the UAE.

This official website provides information and updates about Ambassador Al Otaiba’s history, career, and interests.

News & Updates

August 3, 2020 Podbridge
Host Yousef Al Otaiba invites Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz on Podbridge to discuss how global cooperation is essential to recover from the economic shutdown caused by COVID-19.
June 12, 2020 Times of Israel
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba warns against Israel’s proposed annexation of the West Bank
June 2, 2020 Al-Monitor
UAE Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba talks COVID-19, the region, and prospects for governance in the post-pandemic future


Watch recorded speeches, ceremonies, events and other videos featuring Yousef Al Otaiba’s exceptional work with the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. Here, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba had the honor of delivering his keynote address to the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) class of 2016.

Speaking & Events

Ambassador Al Otaiba frequently takes part in and speaks at various events, including conferences, educational events, celebrations, and more. View information about past and upcoming events attended by the Ambassador.


View photos of Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba at UAE Embassy events, charitable functions and other special occasions.


Listen to the latest conversations between Ambassador Al Otaiba and special guests.


As both a Minister of State and a private citizen, Yousef Al Otaiba supports a wide range of charitable organizations, humanitarian ventures, and recovery efforts in areas that have suffered from disaster. Learn more about the ways that Ambassador Al Otaiba and his wife Abeer support communities and individuals in the UAE, the US, and elsewhere around the world.


Stay informed about Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s ongoing diplomatic and charitable work.