About the Ambassador

His Excellency Dr Obaid Al Hairi Salem Al Ketbi

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Australia and the Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, Samoa and Solomon.



HE Dr Obaid Al Ketbi commenced his Diplomatic post in August 2015, prior to that, he hold a distinguished Military General, Homeland Security Expert, Management and Academic Scholar, commenced his formal Diplomatic Career on assumption of his current position as Ambassador to Australia. Until recently, His Excellency was a Member of the Executive Council of the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.


H. E. commenced his 39 years of professional and illustrious service to his country in the UAE Armed Forces where he had a distinguished track record rising to the position of Major-General and Chief of Logistics Staff (2006-2008); Commander of the UAE Humanitarian Aid Forces in Albania/Kosovo (1999); Coordinator of Demining in Lebanon (2001) and Commander of the UAE Humanitarian Aid Operations in the Iraq War (2003). Along with these, H.E. was the Chairman of the Executive Board and Spokesperson for the globally renown "International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX)" from its inception in 1993 to 2015.


On a lateral reassignment, H.E. moved into Homeland Security Field as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Abu Dhabi Police and was appointed member of the Executive Council of the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (2008-2014). In this position, H.E. developed deep interest and expertise in the fields of homeland security, anti-terrorism and humanitarian endeavours. He was Chairman or Member of related Committees or Organizations including being the President of the International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR); Chair of the Exchange of Information and Integration of National Security, Abu Dhabi; Chair of the National Security Committee on Weapons, Ammunition and Explosives; member of the Standing Committee on Crisis and Disaster management; and Member of the International Anti-Terrorism Committee of the World Economic Forum- Abu Dhabi.


Ambassador Dr. Al Ketbi has held many other distinguished positions in the Federal and Abu Dhabi Emirate governments as well as the society at large. Some of these include: Chairman, Committee on Deportation of Violators of National Security; Chairman, Board of Directors, Al Taif-Mubadalla Services Company LLC; Chairman, Archery Association of the United Arab Emirates and Member, Supreme Committee for the award of HH Sheikha Fatima Mubarak Women's Sports, The Family Development Foundation, Abu Dhabi.



H.E. holds the degrees of BSc, MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Paris VI – France; BBA,MBA in Business Administration from the University of South-Eastern, Washington, United States; MSc in National Resource Management Strategy from the National Defence University (NDU) Washington, United States; and PhD in International Transfer and Anchorage of Technology from the University of London.

Ambassador Al Ketbi, has a strong interest in academic research and has published in various fields. He also has passionate interest and participates actively and enthusiastically in many sports including marathon, cycling and archery. He speaks English and French fluently.