Thanks to the Arab Organisation for Human Rights for its financial support for this report.
Thanks also to all those who have shared information with us about or related to the UAE lobby. We are indebted to a wide variety of people who have shared stories and information with us, most of whom must remain nameless. We also thank Hilary Aked, Izzy Gill, Tom Griffin, Tom Mills. On a personal note, thanks to Narzanin Massoumi for her many contributions to this work.

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Alex Delmar-Morgan is a freelance journalist in London and has written for a range of national titles including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and The Independent. He is the former Qatar and Bahrain correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.

David Miller is a director of Public Interest Investigations, of which and are projects. He is also Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath in England. From 2013-2016 he was RCUK Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow leading a project on Understanding and explaining terrorism expertise in practice. Recent publications include: • The Quilliam Foundation: How ‘counterextremism’ works, (co-author, Public interest Investigations, 2018); • Islamophobia in Europe: counter-extremism policies and the counterjihad movement, (co-author, Public interest Investigations, 2018); • Impact of market forces on addictive substances and behaviours: The web of influence of addictive industries. (co-author, OUP, 2018); • What is Islamophobia? Racism, social movements and the State. (co-editor, Pluto Press, 2017); • The Israel Lobby and the European Union (coauthor, Public Interest Investigations, 2016); • The Henry Jackson Society and the Degeneration of British Neoconservatism. (co-author, Public Interest Investigations, 2015, 2nd Ed. 2018); • How Israel attempts to mislead the United Nations: Deconstructing Israel’s campaign against the Palestinian Return Centre. (Coauthor, Public Interest Investigations, 2015); • The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre. Giving peace a chance? (co-author, Public Interest Investigations, 2013).