Is Tony Blair about to open an office in Abu Dhabi?
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On Tuesday, The Financial Times reported that Tony Blair is looking to establish an office in Abu Dhabi to, "expand his role as a behind-the-scenes business and political broker in the Middle East".
Blair already has strong ties to the UAE, in particular Abu Dhabi, where he has close friendship with the Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and has a contract to advise the emirate's sovereign wealth fund, Mubadala.
In 2009, he was also awarded a contract to help reform the Kuwaiti prime minister's office, however the project was closed down in 2012.