Southern Methodist University to Host Town Center Special Event Featuring Yousef Al Otaiba United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States to speak about UAE-U.S. relations, improved bilateral security, economic cooperation and more this Fall.
Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas will be the site of a special event this Fall featuring United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba (more info). His Excellency will be speaking at the engagement, scheduled to take place at the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies’ Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, about everything from taking up his Washington-based post in July of 2008 to UAE-U.S. relations, improved bilateral security, economic cooperation and more. The Tower Center special event will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm and will be moderated by Ambassador Robert Jordan, former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and current Diplomat-in-Residence at Town Center, Southern Methodist University.
In addition to enhancing UAE-U.S. relations, improving bilateral security and economic cooperation and leading efforts that have increased counterterrorism, intelligence and military cooperation between the two nations, Al Otaiba also played a critical role in facilitating the landmark U.S.-UAE Agreement for Peaceful Civilian Nuclear Energy Cooperation, which came to fruition in 2009. Among the many subjects he’s scheduled to discuss at the SMU event is the way in which he worked closely with his counterparts in government and with business leaders to promote increased UAE and U.S. economic and trade ties, as well as how he contributed to the two governments establishing a formal Economic Policy Dialogue.
Since His Excellency, Yousef Al Otaiba took the reigns as Ambassador, bilateral trade was reported to have increased over 70-percent, fortifying the UAE’s position as America’s largest trading partner in the Middle East and North Africa. Further, UAE investments in the U.S. have expanded, with prominent healthcare, education and cultural institutions such as the Guggenheim, New York University and the Cleveland Clinic establishing new UAE branches. During his SMU speaking engagement, Al Otaiba will also discuss his efforts to cooperate ways to streamline travel for Emirati nationals between the two countries.
From leading the UAE’s significant commitment to philanthropic activities in the U.S. and providing assistance via the UAE Embassy to aid in the reconstruction and recovery of U.S. communities following natural disasters such as 2012’sHurricane Sandy to serving eight years as Director of International Affairs for the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Ambassador Al Otaiba boasts a wealth of experience, humanitarian prowess and natural leadership abilities – enough to command quite the enlightening speaking engagement.