H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash was appointed Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on April 2023, and United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the Holy See on May 24, 2022. Previously, he held the post of Assistant Minister for Cultural Affairs since October 2019. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs H.E. oversees the UAE’s relations with Central America and Caribbean region countries. H.E. was appointed Ambassador of the UAE to France on November 24, 2017 and Ambassador to the Russian Federation in 2008.
H.E. began his career in the UAE Mission to the United Nations and founded Dubai’s first international contemporary art gallery. H.E. is a trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, and sponsors the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation in memory of his father, the UAE’s first Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. H.E. is a trustee at the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi as well as the author of Letters to a Young Muslim. H.E. served as the Deputy Commissioner for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020.