Washington, DC, [November 4, 2017] – United Arab Emirates President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan today issued a decree promoting Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba to the rank of Minister. In the announcement, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa recognized Minister Al Otaiba’s loyal service to his country and his nine-year leadership to build closer ties with United States.
Since becoming the UAE’s Ambassador to the US in 2008, Minister Al Otaiba has enhanced the bilateral security relationship, increasing military, intelligence and counterterrorism cooperation. He has also worked closely with US government officials and business leaders to deepen the UAE-US economic and trade relationship. He has also helped to develop closer social, educational and cultural ties via partnerships and exchanges with the Cleveland Clinic, New York University, Children’s National Medical Center, Johns Hopkins and Smithsonian, among other US institutions.
Previous to his appointment as UAE Ambassador to the US, Minister Al Otaiba was instrumental in strengthening UAE’s security and economic relations with other countries as Director of International Affairs for the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In this role, Minister Al Otaiba served as one of UAE’s principal security, anti-terrorism and defense liaisons to other governments, and was heavily involved in diplomatic efforts to improve regional security and defense cooperation.
Minister Al Otaiba will remain in his current role as the UAE’s Ambassador to the US. He will continue to oversee strategic initiatives that enhance bilateral relations, including the UAE’s significant commitment to philanthropic activities that benefit underserved communities across America, enhance education for children and improve healthcare research and treatment.