Michael H. Corbin, Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, arrived in the UAE on the evening of Wednesday, July 27 and presented his credentials to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the United Arab Emirates on July 28.
Michael Corbin was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates by President Barack Obama on May 5, 2011. His nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 30, and he was sworn in by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William J. Burns on July 25.
Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2009. He was Minister-Counselor for Political-Military Affairs at Embassy Baghdad from 2008 to 2009 and Chargé d’Affaires in Damascus, Syria from 2006 to 2008. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Mr. Corbin has held various positions overseas and in Washington, including: Minister Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo (2003-2006), Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs (2001-2003), Director of the Counter-Narcotics Section at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela (1997- 2001), Political-Military Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo (1994-1997) and at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait (1987-1989). Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he served in the Peace Corps from 1982 to 1984 in Mauritania. Mr. Corbin received a B.A. from Swarthmore College.