Abeer and Yousef Al Otaiba, Philanthropists on the Potomac

Located just minutes from Washington, D.C in Northern Virginia, McLean is one of the most exclusive and prestigious enclaves on the East coast. As a result of its proximity to our nation’s capitol, McLean is home foreign diplomats, government officials, and members of Congress. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba are just some of the many powerful people who are fortunate enough to call Mclean home.

Among the most celebrated and costly homes in McLean are those that sit on the Potomac River. With an eastern exposure and stunning views of not only the Potomac but Washington as well, homes along the river seldom sell for less than $3 million.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba https://about.me/AmbassadorYousefAlOtaiba and his wife Abeer, an engineer by training, are among those fortunate enough to live on the Potomac. The Al Otaibas share their beautifully decorated home with their two children Omar and Samia. Contemporarily styled with distinct Arab influences and breathtaking views of the Potomac, their home is among McLean’s most beautiful.

The Al Otaiba’s McLean oasis is a well-deserved one; both the Ambassador and his wife are heavily involved in DC’s philanthropic scene. In 2014 the couple, along with their friends, Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier and his wife, Amy, held one of the most successful fundraisers in DC history. Their charity gala for Children’s National Hospital raised a staggering $10.7 million. In addition to supporting a variety of causes in the DC area, the Al Otaibas aren’t strangers to lending a helping hand to other areas of the country as well. After the Joplin tornado the UAE embassy donated laptops for every high school student in the city and the embassy has been funding the creation of soccer fields throughout the country.

Given the small size of the UAE, it has made a huge impact on the lives of U.S citizens. By reinforcing the bilateral relationship between the US and the UAE through gracious acts of charity, the Al Otaibas have strengthened diplomatic ties and have improved the lives of many.