sawab center

Profile: Sawab Center

1- Name of NGO:

Sawab Center

2- Brief & Mission:

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel announced the launch of the Sawab Center in 2015.  

The Sawab Center, a UAE-based think tank, is dedicated to addressing terrorism and extremism that exploit religion. They adopt a comprehensive approach to combat extremism by examining its root causes and devising evidence-based strategies to counter it. However, there are allegations that the think tank actually operates in support of the authoritarian regime in the UAE, disseminating false information and promoting the personal interests of the UAE regime.

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

The think tank has officially designated Daesh, Houthis, Al Qaeda, Hay’at Tahrir Al Sham, and the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organizations. This declaration indicates that the Gulf states are actively engaged in combating these groups.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

The NGO has no openly direct links to the UAE government, however it is totally backed by the UAE government. 

5- Sources of Funding:

The NGO has been accused of receiving a huge amount from the UAE government. 

6- Activities:

There are allegations that the think tank utilizes its research papers and articles to advance the personal interests of the UAE government, disseminating misleading information in the process. These claims suggest that the think tank’s publications may serve as a tool to promote the agenda of the UAE rather than providing unbiased analysis.


7- NGO Leadership:

SARA ALMARZOOQI is the Director of Sawab Center. 

8- Controversy:

The NGO, through its Twitter handle, frequently criticizes extremist organizations that operate contrary to the policies of the Gulf states.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:
  • Address:UAE
  • Email:

10- Classification/Blacklist:

The think tank has been labeled as blacklisted because of its associations with UAE governments.

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