Yousef Al Otaiba

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Yousef Al Otaiba
Yousef Al Otaiba 2013.jpg
United Arab Emirates Ambassador to United States
Assumed office
July 28, 2008
President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Preceded by Saqr Ghobash
Personal details
Born (1974-01-19) January 19, 1974 (age 43)
Spouse(s) Abeer Al Otaiba
Children Samia Al Otaiba and one son
Parents Mana Al Otaiba

Yousef Al Otaiba (Arabic: يوسف العتيبة‎‎) is the current United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States. Previously Al Otaiba served as non-resident ambassador to Mexico. Within political circles he is known for his intelligence and understanding of Middle Eastern politics.[1] His father is Petroleum magnate Mana Al Otaiba, who served as the president of OPEC a record six times.


Before being appointed Ambassador to the United States, Al Otaiba served for seven years as the Director of International Affairs for the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. During that time, he was a senior advisor to HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. In these roles, Al Otaiba has helped strengthen the UAE’s security and economic relations throughout the region.[2] Al Otaiba was sworn in as the UAE Ambassador to the United States on June 22, 2008.[3] In July 2010, remarks made by Al Otaiba, were interpreted as supporting a United States military strike on nuclear reactors in Iran.[4] Al Otaiba’s remarks are reported to be the standard position of many Arab states.[5]

Trade and investment[edit]

For several years, Al Otaiba facilitated meetings between the UAE and other foreign economic interests, which have resulted in partnership agreements.

As one of his first official events after presenting his credentials to President George W. Bush, he stressed the importance of the economic ties between the two countries, outlining his vision for continued cooperation through business and investment.[6]


Al Otaiba obtained a degree in international relations from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., after graduating from Cairo American College. The Ambassador was also an International Fellow at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.[7]


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  2. ^ "Preparing to Scale Capitol Hill,". The National. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  3. ^ "New Envoy to US Yousuf Manei Al Otaiba sworn in,". Gulf News. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  4. ^ Black, Ian (7 July 2010). "UAE ambassador backs strike on Iran's nuclear sites". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey (6 July 2010). "Why the UAE's Position on Iran Is Not Particularly New". Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "US-UAE Business Council". Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Yousef Al Otaiba". Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School. Retrieved 2015-08-06. 

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