A Qatari businessman has hired a prominent New York political consulting shop to position himself as the "go-to" person between the US and Arab/Muslim World.
Ali Bin Ali, Friedlander
Hassan Ali Bin Ali also wants to boost Qatar's bilateral relationship with the US and "to positively impact its relation between American Jewish communities," according to the lobbying filing of The Friedlander Group.
Ezra Friedlander served on the staff of New York State assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has close ties with the city's Orthodox community, and former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green.
He will conduct meetings with members of Congress, the Obama administration, Jewish communial leaders and officials and important political figures in Israel. His firm will receive $120K for its one-year effort.
Bin Ali's business holdings include companies involved in construction, lighting, mechanical engineering, drug stores and a chain of boutiques selling European luxury goods.
He chaired Doha's unsuccessful bid for the 2016 Olympics and sits on the honorary board of the International Paralympic Committee. Qatar did land the 2022 World Cup.