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His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States of America (USA).
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.
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Ramadan 2021: Iftar, Lag B’Omer celebrations highlight Muslim-Jewish dialogue
Yousef Al Otaiba spoke on the importance of interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence at the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities virtual Ambassadors panel.
The Sedona Forum: Impact of the Abraham Accords
Partners in Torah to discuss ‘Pillars of Faith’ April 25
UAE, Israeli Ambassadors Plant Peace Tree for Earth Day
The Abraham Accords: A Pathway to Peace with Economic Prosperity
UAE economy at the heart of foreign policy, says UAE's US ambassador
US Policy In The Middle East And Prospects For Peace And Economic Growth In A Troubled Region
Barakah is key component of UAE efforts to tackle climate change: UAE Ambassador to US
Shalva band sings ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ with Emirati artist
Thinking About the Abraham Accords
Top UAE, Israeli diplomats recall their nations’ long road to peace
UAE ambassador to US meets with Erdan in Washington
U.S. Policy Toward Arab States, Palestinians, and Israel: Ideas and Approaches for the Biden Administration
Peace, pandemic and politics: Our top 20 of 2020
December 31, 2020 – Ynet News
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA): ‘The Abraham Accords and U.S. Foreign Policy’
December 24, 2020 – WAM
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) virtually hosted Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and Avi Berkowitz, Assistant to the US President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, to discuss the benefits of the Abraham Accords.
Yousef Al Otaiba Attends Virtual Hanukkah Lighting
December 13, 2020 – The Jerusalem Post
In light of the Abraham Accords, Ambassador Al Otaiba participated in a virtual Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony hosted by the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC.
Morning Joe: The Importance of the Israel-UAE Peace Agreement
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, appear on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the UAE-Israel Abraham Accords.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the man behind the UAE-Israel deal
Spotlighting the Abraham Accords, The Jerusalem Post recounts Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s dedicated journey to develop warmer ties between the two countries.
The Peace Entrepreneur
Yousef Al Otaiba is recognized as the “peace entrepreneur” for his heavy influence in establishing the historic UAE-Israel normalization agreement. Publishing an unprecedented op-ed on Israel’s planned annexation, his commitment to UAE-Israel relations has been the driving force behind normalizing diplomatic ties between both regions.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Statement on Successful Startup of Unit 1 at Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant
On August 3rd, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba recognized the startup of Unit 1 at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant as a major milestone for the UAE’s Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program. Spotlighting the historic US-UAE 123 agreement, he reflected on the UAE’s unwavering commitment to nuclear safety and applauded all those who made this achievement possible.
UAE Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba talks about COVID-19, the region, and prospects for governance in the post-pandemic future
The Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, discusses how the UAE is managing the coronavirus pandemic, along with lessons being learned for governance in the post-Covid19 Middle East; Iran; Yemen; Syria; Libya; Qatar; Israeli-Palensitinian issues and more.
Coronavirus Report: The Hill’s Steve Clemons interviews Yousef Al Otaiba
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba joins The Hill for an interview to discuss how diplomacy has changed as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Pediatric Drive-Up COVID-19 Specimen Collection Site
Yousef and Abeer Al Otaiba contributed to help
jumpstart a new COVID-19 testing facility at
Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC.
UAE’s Otaiba lauds country’s peaceful nuclear program
On the finalization of loading the Barakah Energy Plant
with fuel, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba offered comments
about the UAE’s commitment to a peaceful civilian
nuclear energy program and reducing carbon emissions.
Yousef Al Otaiba:
Our man in Washington
Arabian Business interviewed Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
to find out more about the diplomat’s work, daily life, and
current efforts to help strengthen UAE-USA relations.
Inside The Home Of
Yousef & Abeer Al Otaiba
Explore the home of Yousef and Abeer Al Otaiba and
see how their various roles inspire the design of the areas
where they work, live, entertain guests, and raise their children.
Fashion & Foreign Policy Mingle in Abu Dhabi
In December, UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba
and his wife Abeer, Creative Director of SemSem, hosted their
annual dinner at Café Milano in Abu Dhabi. Guests included
actor Steve Harvey, entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman, former
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and boxer Amir Khan.
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A Successful Mideast
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.
Special Olympics in Abu
Dhabi is a sign of progress
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
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.
The UAE has made progress
toward being a model
for positive change in
the Middle East
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
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.
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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 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 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.