Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the US made a visit to Cleveland in June. He participated in a variety of community events. He visited the Glenville Community Soccer Field, but he also had important meetings with Cleveland Clinic representatives and participated in a forum dealing with Ohio-UAE relations.
After discussing plans with Cleveland businessmen, Yousef Al Otaiba spoke with Tomislav Mihaljevic, the CEO of Cleveland Clinic. The UAE has a long-standing relationship with the people of Cleveland. In fact, in 2017 the USA Embassy teamed up with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation to build a sporting field for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
“[Soccer] continues to be something that brings us all together,” Ambassador Al Otaiba said. He continued to express his gratitude for having the opportunity to help the community in the way he has. In total, with the help from local communities, the UAE Embassy has helped create ten soccer fields in the United States.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s intentions aren’t purely to benefit Cleveland. He is also building this relationship to help the citizens of his own country. Hundreds of UAE citizens are treated every year at the Cleveland Clinic. He intends to learn from Cleveland’s expert healthcare and expand the healthcare system of his own country.
In 2015, a branch of the Cleveland Clinic was opened in Abu Dhabi to treat patients locally. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has 360 beds and treats around 400,000 patients every year.
Yousef Al Otaiba has been the UAE Ambassador to the US since 2008. Prior to working in this position, he served as a non-resident ambassador to Mexico. Along with his wife, he has founded a luxury fashion company. His family has a history in politics. In fact, his father was the first Minister of Petroleum in the UAE.