Message from the Cultural Attaché

Dear Students,


Welcome to the United States!

My name is Basem Saif, and I am your Cultural Attaché for the United Arab Emirates in the USA.

I have spent the past 18 years working with students in various established educational institutions in the UAE, including Zayed University, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, the Petroleum Institute and Khalifa University. During this time, I had the chance to learn firsthand about students’ needs, potentials and aspirations, which prompted me to ensure that I facilitate and empower your development and success in your academic and career pursuits by all means possible.

I want to assure you and your family that we are going to do our best to make your educational journey in the States a positive and safe experience. You will have the opportunity to earn an outstanding education and will be able to experience American culture and values. I trust that in turn, you will demonstrate the UAE’s values of tolerance, respect and openness to everyone you interact with, all while achieving your dreams and promoting our country to new levels of growth and development. 

Understand that your safety is our top priority; therefore, we encourage you to stay in touch with us all the time, through emails, phone calls, and regular meetings. Feel free to exchange my contact details with your guardians in case they have any questions or concerns, and I will be more than happy to get to know them and assist in any way possible.

In addition, you will be assigned to a personal academic advisor to support your academic attainment, so make sure you stay in touch with him/her. If you are facing any kind of difficulty in your studies, please let us know immediately so we can assist you better.

I’m very excited to work with capable students like you, and I look forward to meeting you in person and attending your graduation ceremony soon.

I wish you all the best as you continue to learn and grow.



Basem Saif

Cultural Attaché

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates