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

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Addresses West Bank Annexation Op-Ed

June 15, 2020
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba addresses his historic decision to publish an op-ed in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth titled, “Annexation will be a serious setback for better relations with the Arab world.” As the first direct warning to the Israeli public, Ambassador Al Otaiba explains the risks associated with the planned annexation of the occupied West Bank and how this decision will not only hinder relations and progress with the UAE, but the entire Arab World.

H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba at the UAE’s 48th National Day Celebration

December 29, 2019
At the UAE’s 48th National Day Celebration, held at the US Institute of Peace in early December 2019, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba expressed support for inclusiveness for individuals of all religious beliefs, cultural backgrounds, and capabilities.

President Trump Meets With Team USA 2019 Special Olympics Athletes

July 18, 2019

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba participated in a congratulatory meeting with Special Olympics Team USA athletes at the White House.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Visits Special Olympics Athletes at Team USA Training Camp

February 21, 2019
In September 2018, Ambassador Al Otaiba dropped by the training camp of Special Olympics Team USA in Delaware. During the visit, the Ambassador spoke with athletes and helped them run training drills as they prepared for the upcoming competitions in Abu Dhabi.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Visits Jacksonville to Announce Hurricane Irma Recovery Gift

October 17, 2018
In October 2018, Ambassador Al Otaiba traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, to announce aid for the city to help recover from the disastrous effects of Hurricane Irma. The funds were used especially to help schools pay for equipment, transportation, and rebuilding construction.

The Aspen Institute: There’s a War Coming

July 19, 2018
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba joined a discussion at the 2018 Aspen Security Forum about the likelihood of a war between Arabian Gulf States and others given recent struggles in the region. He was joined by Former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, and Former Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.

United Arab Emirates ambassador dedicates field, plays soccer with Cleveland students

June 27, 2018
In May 2018, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba visited the Glenville Community Soccer Field, which was presented as a gift in May 2017 to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as part of the UAE Embassy’s Community Soccer Program. Ambassador Al Otaiba spent the day playing soccer with children in the community and expressing support for the mutually supportive relationship between the UAE and the USA.

UAE Embassy Interfaith Iftar 2018

May 31, 2018
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba welcomed more than 150 religious leaders, community officials, and politicians at an interfaith Iftar, held at the UAE Embassy.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba's Remarks at the 2018 Interfaith Iftar

May 23, 2018
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba welcomes religious leaders who spoke at the interfaith Iftar held in May 2018 at the UAE Embassy.

Johns Hopkins and The United Arab Emirates Launch Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute

February 1, 2018
The UAE gave $50 million to create the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and others discuss how the new institute will help improve treatment for stroke patients and promote research into better understanding the medical condition.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Introduction of General Joseph Votel

October 23, 2017

Ambassador Al Otaiba introduced US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph Votel at the 26th annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference.

Yousef Al Otaiba tours Boeing facility, touts Open Skies Agreement

October 6, 2017
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba received access to the production line of the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. His visit underscored the importance of the UAE’s aviation industry as an economic partner with the US.

Charlie Rose: Qatar and the Middle East

July 26, 2017

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba appeared on the Charlie Rose show alongside former CIA Director Michael Moore to discuss Middle East relations between Qatar, the UAE, and other countries in the region.

UAE ambassador to US: Qatar sanctions not an 'overreaction'

June 23, 2017
Ambassador Al Otaiba appeared on Fox News’ Special Report to discuss relations between the Qatar and other Middle East nations.

Hidden Heroes Launch: Yousef Al Otaiba

October 7, 2016
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba appeared at the Hidden Heroes Campaign launch event held by the Elizabeth Dole Institute to discuss the role of hidden heroes in the relationship between the UAE and US and to present a $1 million gift by the UAE to the program.

Iran Nuclear Agreement

May 31, 2016

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba joined a panel of speakers discussing the July 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran. The Ambassador discussed the UAE’s perspective on the agreement and Iran’s influence over the Middle East.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Discusses Regional Security and the US UAE Partnership at the RAND Corporation

June 6, 2016
UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba shares his optimism about future Emirati generations who are leading the way in creating a more tolerant and inclusive Middle East.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Delivers Commencement Address to NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2016

May 25, 2016

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba delivered the keynote address at the 2016 graduation ceremony of NYU Abu Dhabi, commending the graduates for their courageous thinking, a readiness to accept challenges, and tolerance for people of all backgrounds and abilities.

The Middle East at an Inflection Point

January 29, 2016
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba launches a speaker series at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. He discusses the Iran nuclear deal, the impact of the Arab Spring in 2010, and the ongoing struggle against the Islamic State.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s Remarks at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces

December 29, 2015
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba offers perspectives from the Middle East about some of the issues faced in the region, including the fight against extremism and radicalization.

Soccer Field Dedication in Dallas, Texas — Remarks by Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

November 19, 2014
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba visits Jubilee Park & Community Center to dedicate a new soccer field contributed to the Dallas, Texas, community as part of the Community Soccer Program from the UAE Embassy.

First female UAE pilot part of ISIS strikes

September 25, 2014

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba joins to discuss the participation of the UAE’s first female fighter pilot in strikes against ISIS.

Ambassador Al Otaiba's Remarks at the TYO Gala

November 4, 2010
Ambassador Al Otaiba offered remarks at the inaugural Tomorrow’s Youth Gala, held on October 21, 2010, in Washington, DC. He shared how the work of the Tomorrow’s Youth Organization is important for the children of Palestine and the Middle East as a whole.