Yousef Al Otaiba Named The Only Emirati To Feature On Times’ 100 Most Influential People Of 2020

Fresh off the UAE-Israel peace deal, the UAE’s Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba is the only Emirati to be named on Times’ ‘100 Most Influential People Of 2020.’

Yousef Al Otaiba featured on ‘Time 100’

Every year, The Times publishes a listicle, ‘Time 100,’ ranking the most prominent politicians, athletes, celebrities, businessmen and activists who’ve achieved enormous success through the year. Selectees are divided in five categories: ‘Pioneers,’ ‘Artists,’ ‘Leaders,’ ‘Titans’ and ‘Icons,’ ranked by former ‘Time 100’ candidates and Times contributors.

This year saw Ambassador of the UAE to the US and one of the foremost men behind the Abraham Accord, Yousef Al Otaiba feature on the prestigious list, making him the only Emirati to rank in this year’s edition. The Minister’s ranking came under the ‘Leaders’ category, accompanied by prolific statesmen like Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Xi Jinping, President of China, Donald Trump, President of the US and Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.

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Photograph credit: Yousef Al Otaiba

Al Otaiba one of the spearheads behind ‘Abraham Accord’

Both Yousef Al Otaiba and Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the POTUS (President of the United States) joined forces to negotiate establishing relations with Israel over the last two years. A detailed editorial by The Jerusalem Post explains the UAE’s first attempt in making peace with Israel, after Al Otaiba attended an event by the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) in 2018, sitting with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the US.

After years of talks, agreements and dialogue, last week saw the celebrated Abraham Accord signing including His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. agreeing to normalise relations between the UAE and Israel.

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Photograph credit: The White House

Al Otaiba also published an opinion-editorial following the success of the Abraham Accord for Israeli newspaper Ynet News. Here’s a glimpse from his piece:

“In the UAE and across much of the Arab world, we would like to believe Israel is an opportunity, not an enemy. We face too many common dangers and see the great potential of warmer ties.”

Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE’s Ambassador to the US

(Featured photograph credit: Yousef Al Otaiba)

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