Muslim Brotherhood May Be Targeting Dubai

Muslim Brotherhood May Be Targeting Dubai

This past Sunday, March 25, the police chief of Dubai, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan, stated that the Muslim Brotherhood plans to take over the country by 2016.  Interviewed by a Kuwaiti newspaper, he said: “My sources say the next step is to make Gulf governments figurehead bodies only, without actual ruling. The start will be in Kuwait in 2013.” In February, Sunni Islamists (the Muslim Brotherhhod is Sunni) won over 20 seats in the Kuwaiti elections. The Kuwaiti parliament has only 50 members.

This statement followed Khalfan’s declaration on March 9 that the Muslim Brotherhood has begun attacking the United Arab Emirates (of which Dubai is the main city) through social media: “There are some in the UAE who are in direct contact with the Muslim Brotherhood and are being controlled by them . . . but the UAE … is rising against them to defend the country.” Noting that the Muslim Brotherhood now has the largest number of seats in Egypt’s government, Khalfan said on Twitter yesterday that “since the Muslim Brotherhood has ‘become a state’, anyone advocating its cause is considered a foreign agent.”

Two weeks ago, Saleh Al Dhufairi, the general manager of the Ras Al Khaimah Holy Quran Foundation and likely a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested for alleged sedition. There were reports of Dr. Zaghloul El Naggar speaking at a  cultural forum where a member of the Dubai ruling family was present. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2002 El-Naggar was the mentor of Sheikh Abdul Majeed Zindani, the “spiritual mentor” for Osama Bin Laden.

The Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes the United Arab Emirates, is friendly toward the United States, and in recent months radical Islamists have targeted the six monarchies for takeover. This troubles the GCC, which has toyed with the idea of offering membership to Egypt and Jordan, which both have powerful Muslim Brotherhood organizations.