Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US

On behalf of the UAE Embassy, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba serves as the inaugural host of Podbridge, a live podcast dedicated to discussing the most critical issues, emerging solutions, and ideas of shared values within the US and the Middle East. By maintaining an open and honest dialogue, Ambassador Al Otaiba hopes to inspire others to get involved and create a world founded on acceptance and cultural understanding.

Yousef Al Otaiba is the current UAE Ambassador to the United States and Minister of State. Prior to his current roles, he served as Non-Resident Ambassador to Mexico, Senior Adviser to H.H. Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Director of International Affairs and Principle Security for the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and UAE’s Defense Minister.

Ambassador Al Otaiba has carried a consistent message of inclusion and tolerance throughout his career and is the catalyst for unity, innovation, and peace between the United States and the Middle East. With a mission to create positive global change, Al Otaiba has strengthened UAE-US relations and extended his support to disaster recovery efforts across the United States and several philanthropic initiatives to improve the lives of the most vulnerable populations within both regions.

Learn more about Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s mission for bilateral security, prosperity, and cultural understanding at the UAE Embassy website and

Podbridge Episodes Hosted by Yousef Al Otaiba

Lessons of the Pandemic

After the Crisis: Investing in a Changed World

A Reason for "Hope": A Conversation About the Future of Space Exploration with Two Pioneering Women

Covid-19 and Financial Recovery: “We Cannot Win the War But Lose the Peace”