The United Arab Emirates: A Heritage of Art and Culture Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has served the United Arab Emirates as its chief diplomatic representative to the United States in Washington, D.C., since 2008. In addition to his duties of promoting military, technical, and business cooperation between the two countries, Ambassador Al Otaiba is also charged with making the rich culture of the UAE accessible to tourists and scholars. The United Arab Emirates is part of a region with an artistic heritage dating back to the beginnings of the Stone Age. Sharjah, one of the largest of the states that comprise the UAE, is particularly noted for the quality and beauty of its museums, architecture, and nature preserves. Within the state’s museums are treasuries of Islamic art and archeological objects, and visitors will also enjoy connections with the multi-faceted history of the region’s contributions to science. Among the masterpieces in the galleries of Sharjah is an elegant 2,000-year-old horse’s bridle fashioned from gold and brass, possibly for a royal personage. Visitors will also see a range of ancient pottery vessels, bronze arrows, shells, red garnet pieces strung into beads, and other objects that held meaning in the everyday lives of ancient societies. The museums additionally offer numerous examples of writing that turns words of timeless wisdom into stunning works of calligraphic art. Embassy staff who work with Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba are available to assist prospective visitors with information on passport and travel requirements to the UAE, as well as further information on the country’s arts and culture.