UAE lawyer tweets job of­fer to Obama

Le­gal ea­gle wants pres­i­dent to re­sume law ca­reer in emi­rates and ed­u­cate West on Is­lam when he leaves White House

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

Barack Obama might well be busy brush­ing up his CV, pol­ish­ing his LinkedIn profile and pre­par­ing for a few rounds of golf when he steps down as US pres­i­dent in Jan­uary.

But it seems he al­ready has one job of­fer to con­sider - work­ing as a lawyer in a UAE le­gal firm.

High-profile Dubai lawyer Isa bin Haidar has tweeted Obama a lu­cra­tive of­fer to join his prac­tice, Bin Haidar Ad­vo­cates and Le­gal Con­sul­tants.

He said he was aware of Obama’s le­gal back­ground – the US pres­i­dent grad­u­ated from Har­vard in 1991 - and that he would wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to work with him. He also of­fered to pay for a villa and flights. Bin Haidar wrote on Twit­ter: “Pres­i­dent Obama… I of­fer you a job in my of­fice…salary, hous­ing, tick­ets and travel to Arab coun­tries.”

He also ad­dressed Obama, adding: “I know my of­fer may sound weird but you have to live with the Mus­lims to know them closely and away from po­lit­i­cal plays… the US is al­ways play­ing a key role in these plays.”

Haidar told 7DAYS he was se­ri­ous about the job of­fer and hopes Obama will con­sider it. He said he wanted the politi­cian to see more of the Arab world, adding that some sec­tions of the US pop­u­la­tion con­tinue to har­bour ill-con­ceived prejudices against Mus­lims. He said: “I un­der­stand that he will leave his work in the White House and I want him to get closely ac­quainted with the mean­ing of tol­er­ance of Is­lam by ac­cept­ing my of­fer. “Mus­lims are not crim­i­nals and I want him to come and see Mus­lims and live be­tween them here.” “I’m se­ri­ous in my job of­fer to Obama, as I know that he grad­u­ated from law col­lege. “I want the un­der­stand­ing of Is­lam to be changed by mak­ing this of­fer to some­one like him and also to let all Amer­i­cans know that Mus­lims are not crim­i­nals or terrorists.” Bin Haidar has 31,000 fol­low­ers and many started a debate about his of­fer. Pres­i­dents have gone on to lu­cra­tive pub­lic speak­ing en­gage­ments. Bill Clin­ton made more than $6mil­lion alone from firms in the UAE since 2011.

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