Visit: 15/03/2016

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates– Tuesday, January 15, 2016:  In his office at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi, H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR received H.E. Umej Singh Bhatia, ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). During the talks, His Excellency Dr. Al-Suwaidi and H.E. Umej Singh Bhatia discussed bilateral relations between their countries and exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments. Light was also shed on the concepts featuring in the Mirage.

Discussions also included the means for enhancing bilateral cooperation between the UAE and Singapore, particularly in the scientific and educational fields, as well as the mechanisms for initiating collaboration and promoting joint action. On this occasion, H.E. Dr. Al-Suwaidi presented a copy of his book, The Mirage, alongside ECSSR commemorative gifts to his honourable guest H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore.

For his part, H.E. Umej Singh Bhatia commended The Mirage and lauded H.E. Dr. Al-Suwaidi for his endeavors in the field of scientific research and for shaping global and local public opinion. He also stressed that The Mirage warns against trivial conspiracies and misleading religious slogans by exposing the truth about the groups who spread hatred amongst the people under the guise of religion.

The Mirage, a book written by H.E. Dr. Al-Suwaidi which has garnered international recognition, examines the ways in which Islamist groups exploit religion to achieve political ambitions and gain access to power. Notably, The Mirage introduces the concept of a “political mirage”—an illusion sold by Islamist groups in order to promote their agendas amongst Arabs and Muslims.


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