View Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s photo gallery and explore his most memorable appearances, charity events and diplomatic work alongside the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Al Otaiba addresses attendees at the UAE Embassy’s 45th UAE National Day celebration in 2016, which highlighted the UAE’s role as a hub for business and innovation.
Events hosted at the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC provide an opportunity for UAE nationals to celebrate Emirati culture and educate Americans about the country.
The UAE’s leadership implements policies to empower future generations. At the UAE Embassy’s 2016 National Day celebration, Ambassador Al Otaiba noted that the UAE’s future-oriented outlook is “grounded in the vision of Sheikh Zayed, who recognized that we must adapt to thrive in a rapidly changing world.”
On July 20, 2020, the UAE launched the Arab world’s first interplanetary spacecraft to Mars. Ambassador Al Otaiba discusses initial plans for the mission at the UAE Embassy’s 44th UAE National Day celebration at the National Air and Space Museum in 2015.
The UAE’s space program aims to enhance the UAE’s knowledge economy and drive innovation. At the UAE Embassy’s 44th UAE National Day celebration at the National Air and Space Museum, Ambassador Al Otaiba underscores how the UAE’s space program will inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers.
In March 2020, members of Congress, Special Olympics athletes, and the UAE Embassy diplomats gathered in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building for a screening of The Road to Abu Dhabi, a documentary about the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba walks alongside Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and former US President George W. Bush at Camp David in November 2008.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba speaks at a briefing at the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC in June 2018.
His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba presented Foreign Policy’s 4th Annual Diplomat of the Year Award to former Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015.
In 2016, the UAE announced support for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes campaign to support America’s 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers.
H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba addresses attendees at an event at the Capitol Visitor Center to support the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Campaign in September 2016.
The UAE Embassy hosts an annual iftar meal during the holy month of Ramadan to celebrate the importance of religious diversity and interfaith understanding. The UAE is home to more than 200 nationalities and practitioners of countless faiths who worship freely.
Ambassador Al Otaiba and the UAE Embassy have a longstanding partnership with Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. For decades, physicians at Children’s National have treated Emirati patients who need specialized care. The UAE has also partnered with Children’s National to support initiatives that advance research and pediatric care.
Ambassador Al Otaiba speaks at a UAE Embassy event showcasing the Image Nation Abu Dhabi film “Every Last Child” to highlight the UAE’s partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio (October 2015). Since 2011, the UAE has worked with the Gates Foundation to support the distribution of life-saving vaccines where they are needed most.
In 2019, Abu Dhabi hosted the Special Olympics World Games. It was the first time the competition took place in the Middle East. Here, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba visits a Special Olympics USA Training Camp in Delaware in September 2018.
UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba addresses attendees at the Stimson Center Chairman’s Forum in June 2015.
UAE Ambassador Al Otaiba and American actor Forrest Whitaker on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in 2015.
The UAE works through multilateral channels to address pressing global issues. Here, Yousef Al Otaiba is pictured with UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations Lana Nusseibeh and [NAME] at the UN General Assembly in 2015.
UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba and UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations Lana Nusseibeh at the UN General Assembly in 2015.
His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba alongside Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO of the US Institute of Peace, in June 2015.
Leading up to the Special Olympics World Games 2019, the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC celebrated the journey of the Eternal Flame of Hope. The flame traveled to Abu Dhabi, where it was united with the traditional Olympic flame from Greece.