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His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States of America (USA).

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba at the White House signing ceremony for the Abraham Accords.

UAE-Israel Abraham Accords

On September 15, 2020, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived at the White House to normalize diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Following the ceremony, Yousef Al Otaiba’s long-time efforts came to fruition in the historic signing of the Abraham Accords in Washington, DC.

The Ambassador’s exclusive op-ed for Ynetnews details the agreement and corresponding plans to build a peaceful and prosperous future in the Middle East.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s op-ed on Israel’s plan to annex occupied territory.

News About
Yousef Al Otaiba

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Receives the Global Leadership Award for Space Diplomacy

April 30, 2024 — Meridian International Center

The Meridian International Center named Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba as one of the inaugural recipients of the Global Leadership Award for Space Diplomacy. Ambassador Al Otaiba’s support of the UAE’s space program and championing of the UAE-US space partnership has led to significant cooperation between the two nations in this field.

Celebration of the UAE-US partnership in space exploration at the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C.
UAE Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba is a strong supporter of bilateral partnerships and advanced tech innovation

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Explains the Importance of the UAE-US Partnership in Advanced AI Technology

April 29, 2024 — Bloomberg

Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US, wrote an op-ed piece in Bloomberg highlighting the importance of the UAE-US relationship in forging the future of AI and advanced technology. A recent partnership between G42 and Microsoft is an example of how bilateral companies are teaming up to advance AI while ensuring the technology’s safety.

Spacewatch Africa Showcases UAE-US Achievements in Space

April 16, 2024 — Spacewatch Africa

Spacewatch Africa covered the achievements of the UAE-US partnership in space, including the Gateway Lunar Station and the “Hope” Mars Mission. Yousef Al Otaiba lauded the cooperation as furthering the countries’ alreadystrong partnership.

The UAE and US partnered for the Hope Mars mission and other space exploration efforts.
Yousef Al Otaiba consistently supports community sports initiatives.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Receives the Eakin Philanthropy Award For Support of the Fairfax County Park System

April 11, 2024 — Fairfax County, VA

The Fairfax County Park Foundation recognized Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and other honorees with the Eakin Philanthropy Award for their support of the Fairfax County Park System. Ambassador Al Otaiba is a longtime supporter of community sports initiatives.

The UAE Space Agency Sees Massive Success Through the UAE-US Partnership

April 8, 2024 — The Washington Diplomat

The UAE-US partnership in space exploration has helped the UAE Space Agency to achieve massive successes since its founding 10 years ago. Both countries are signatories of the Artemis Accords, which call for space activities to be carried out peacefully.

Emirati astronauts are key to the UAE-US space partnership.
The US and UAE collaborate closely on advanced technology and AI.

UAE and US Collaboration on Advanced AI Technology Forges Economic Diversification

March 25, 2024 — The Circuit

By closely collaborating on the safe, sustainable development of artificial intelligence (AI), the UAE and its US partners are forging the future of the Emirates’ advanced tech economy. Partnerships with companies like Microsoft, IBM and NASA are helping drive the change.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Featured in Diplomatic Spotlight

February 3, 2024 – The Washington Diplomat

Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the U.S., discussed UAE USA United’s 50 Years | 50 Faces campaign and the UAE’s ongoing efforts to strengthen Emirati and American ties. The series features stories from citizens and high-ranking officials, including former president George W. Bush.

UAE Ambassador to the U.S., Yousef Al Otaiba speaks to an audience.
Yousef Al Otaiba, Emirati Ambassador to the U.S., speaks at an event.

Yousef Al Otaiba Speaks at CAIS24 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit

January 28, 2024 – Cayman Alternative Investment Summit

Yousef Al Otaiba spoke alongside a panel of world-class speakers and financial industry experts at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit. The annual Summit features prominent figures and leading thinkers — imparting thoughts surrounding the future of alternative investments.

The UAE Announces New NASA Space Collaboration Project​

January 9, 2024 – UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The UAE and NASA announced their newest collaboration in space, where the UAE will provide the Crew and Science Airlock module for the Artemis Lunar Gateway Space Station. Following the announcement, Ambassador Al Otaiba stated, “The UAE’s contribution to Gateway is really one more small step forward in our close relationship with the U.S. — while at the same time, representing a giant leap forward for humankind’s exploration of the moon and deep space. We are gratified to join NASA and a global best-in-class team.”

An artist’s rendition of the upcoming Lunar Gateway Space Station as part of the UAE-NASA collaboration.

Articles by
Yousef Al Otaiba

An invigorated identity for Arab youth - ASDA'A BCW Arab Youth Survey Middle East

Arab Youth Survey – October 20, 2021
The Ambassador presents his optimistic perspective on the ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Survey 2021.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba works on a computer at his Embassy desk

U.S. Policy Toward Arab States, Palestinians, and Israel: Ideas and Approaches for the Biden Administration

The Washington Institute – February 3, 2021
Yousef Al Otaiba joined Samer Khoury, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum and David Makovsky for the Washington Institute’s virtual Transition 2021 Policy Forum.

A Successful Mideast
Nuclear Deal

Wall Street Journal – March 4, 2020

In early March, the UAE announced that it had completed its project to load fuel into its new Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant. This accomplishment comes almost 10 years after the USA and UAE signed a bilateral agreement for nuclear cooperation.

UAE Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, speaks at the UAE's 45th National Day celebration.
Ambassador Al Otaiba plays table tennis with a Special Olympics athlete.

Special Olympics in Abu
Dhabi is a sign of progress

CNN – March 14, 2019

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver discuss how holding the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates shows progress in promoting inclusiveness and tolerance.

Why We Invited the Pope
to the Arabian Peninsula

Politico Magazine – February 2, 2019

In 2019, Pope Francis became the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba explains why the UAE invited the Pope to visit Abu Dhabi and how interfaith and intercultural cooperation can help encourage tolerance and deter extremism.

Pope Francis speaks in the UAE.
The Dubai Frame observatory, museum and monument in Zabeel Park, Dubai.

The UAE has made progress
toward being a model
for positive change in
the Middle East

Washington Post – December 7, 2018

The United Arab Emirates is leading the way in helping to build a more peaceful and prosperous world. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba provides insights on how the UAE has established itself as a model for positive change in the region.

The Arab coalition is
making progress against extremists in Yemen

Washington Post – September 12, 2018

The UAE is part of a UN-mandated coalition against terrorism in Yemen. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba describes how the UAE and its partners have fought against al-Qaeda in Yemen and throughout the Arabian Peninsula.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

Yousef Al Otaiba
Press Releases

UAE Ambassador to US
Yousef Al Otaiba Meets
with Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo; Carries Message from UAE Foreign Minister

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba recently met with Secretary 
of State Mike Pompeo to deliver a letter from UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on how the US and the UAE can work together in response
to the novel coronavirus.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba with USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Ambassador Al Otaiba speaks from a podium at the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Statement on Peace Plan

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba released a statement
in support of ongoing efforts by the US to help reach
a peace agreement between Palestine and Israel.

UAE Delegation Meets with
Senior U.S. Government
Officials in Washington, DC
to Commemorate Ten-Year Anniversary of Peaceful Civilian Nuclear Energy Cooperation

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba joined a delegation from
the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) who met
with US officials to discuss the UAE’s ongoing development
of a peaceful nuclear energy program.

Ambassador Al Otaiba speaks with a U.S. government official.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Statement on the Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba offers a statement in response to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid by US Armed Forces and support for ongoing efforts to fight extremism in the Middle East.

UAE Embassy in Washington, DC Hosts Annual Interfaith Iftar; Ambassador Highlights UAE's Commitment to Tolerance, Religious Diversity in UAE

The UAE Embassy hosted an interfaith Iftar led by UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba and attended by more than 150 religious, government, and community leaders.

Ambassador Al Otaiba stands with others at the Iftar.