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Jan 2008Present

UAE Ambassador to the US

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

Yousef Al Otaiba has served as the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States since 2008. In this role, Ambassador Al Otaiba has played a significant role in enhancing UAE-US relations.



American University in Cairo

BA, International Relations

Georgetown University


Soccer Field Opens on Roof of New York City Public School

This past June, the Lexington Academy, a public school in New York City, opened its rooftop soccer field after partnering with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Washington, D.C. and Manchester City Football Club. The first rooftop field in Manhattan, the facility will be open year-round for students. As part of the project, students have received daily training from Manchester City’s coaching staff since 2010, when construction first began. UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba, a representative from Manchester City, and hundreds of children came to the field’s unveiling to celebrate its opening in the community. The organizations involved all hope that this project will serve as an example for other schools around the world. The Lexington Academy will continue to receive coaching services and programming through the City Soccer in the Community organization. The field represents the third project undertaken by the UAE Embassy and Manchester City.


Politics, Leadership, Management, International Relations, Philanthropy


Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba brought a strong background when he accepted the post of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to the United States of America in 2008.

He previously served as Director of International Affairs for the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. In addition, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba held the position of Senior Counselor to His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. In these positions, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba acted as a liaison between the UAE and other governments on security, defense, and anti-terrorism tactics. He also worked to strengthen his country's economic and security relations in the Middle East, with the U.S., and with other countries.

Other diplomatic efforts of Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba addressed export control laws and counter-proliferation activities. Through meetings with foreign officials, he facilitated a number of mutually beneficial agreements. The well-educated Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Bachelors degree in International Relations.

As an International Fellow, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba completed studies at the Industrial College of Armed Forces National Defense University in Washington, D.C. In his current role as UAE Ambassador to the United States of America, Yousef Al Otaiba has added impressively to his resume.

While continuing to focus on economic, security, anti-terrorism, and other issues vitally important to both the U.S. and the UAE, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has found additional ways to promote understanding between the two countries. He raised more than half a million dollars for Children's National Medical Center and sits on the Board of Directors of the EastWest Institute, which confronts issues endangering peace.

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