HE OMAR SAIF GHOBASH
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to France
Born on June 4, 1971 in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, in the north of the UAE, Omar Saif Ghobash serves as Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to France since December 2017.
A career diplomat, Omar Saif Ghobash began his journey at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as a diplomat at the UAE Mission to the United Nations. He served as UAE ambassador to Russia for nine years, from 2008 to 2017.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from the Balliol College at the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from the University of London, and is fluent in all of Arabic, French, English and Russian.
Ghobash sponsors the Banipal Saif Ghobash Award for Arabic Literary Translation to honor the memory of his father, late Saif Ghobash, former UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King's College London and is firmly committed in the fight against religious extremism and radicalization.
His successful book "Letters to a Young Muslim" calls on young Muslims to seek knowledge of their religion through reflection and moderation, without accepting its various misinterpretations presented to the youth as certainties.
This heartfelt call for tolerance addressed to his sons and to all young Muslims, is a plea for a reform of the traditional pedagogy in teaching Islam, which should begin with a reform of initial teacher training.