The UAE Lobby: Subverting British democracy?

Alex Delmar-Morgan, David Miller

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Since the Arab Spring, a highly sophisticated,
aggressive and clandestine UAE political
lobby has emerged to head off the threat of
democracy in the Middle East. This report will,
for the first time, chart the history of the lobby,
explain what it consists of and how it works.
We’ll examine the domestic and regional factors
which saw the lobby evolve, its impact in the
UK and US and how it’s used to undermine,
vilify and smear groups and individuals that
pose a perceived ideological and political threat
to that country.
This report will also see how the UAE’s lobbying
has served to advance its dispute with Qatar.
We’ll look at the origins of the spat and the
subsequent spin wars that have erupted between
the two states.
As we shall discover, the UAE’s intense lobbying
campaign over the last few years has helped
shape UK government policy towards Muslims
at home, and UK and US foreign policy in the
Middle East. It has also polluted the narrative on
Islam in the West, whipping up Islamophobia and
hardening media coverage and public opinion
against Muslims.
Spinwatch has obtained leaked emails that
exposes in granular detail how the UAE went
about this lobbying strategy in the UK, and shows
the massive effort by the Emiratis to influence the
British press and court influential MPs.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPublic Interest Investigations
Number of pages50
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2018


  • UAE lobby
  • Lobbying
  • Democracy
  • Human rights
  • British democracy
  • subversion
  • UAE
  • Anwar Gargash
  • David Cameron
  • Lana Nusseibeh
  • Dean Godson
  • Gerard Russell
  • Quiller Consultants
  • George Bridges
  • Alistair Burt
  • Mohammed bin Zayed

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