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Yousef Al Otaiba

Professional affiliation

Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States; UAE Minister of State; Former Senior Advisor and Director of International Affairs for the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi


  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Governance
  • Human rights
  • Conflict resolution and peace-building
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Security and Defense

Full Biography

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba has served as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States (US) since 2008. He soon received recognition as Ambassador of the Year by the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce in 2010, and became a Minister of State for the Emirates in 2017.

In 2020, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba published an Israeli op-ed that quickly gained international media coverage for bringing about the Abraham Accords. The normalization deal marked a historic milestone in the Middle East peace process, as well as the first Arab-Israel agreement in 25 years.

Outside of the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC, he is a board member for the Special Olympics, the Harvard Kennedy School and the American University in Cairo. He also oversees the embassy’s community soccer program, UAE USA United campaign and Podbridge podcast.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s educational background includes his time at Cairo American College, Georgetown University and the Industrial College of the US Armed Forces at National Defense University.