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Hagir Elawad, longtime director of legislative affairs to the United Arab Emirates’ embassy in Washington D.C., has gone solo, registering as a lobbyist with the Justice Department in August. She’ll now provide outside consulting and advisory services on the embassy’s behalf, as well as legislative and other U.S. government outreach.

Elawad, who held the legislative affairs director post since 2008, will serve as the embassy’s lead congressional liaison to Congress and will also lead outreach coordination with other embassy-appointed consultants and firms, according to Foreign Agents Registration Acts documents filed in August.

The agreement, which brings Elawad $25,000 per month, officially begins on September 1 and will be renewed annually. Elawad reports to UAE ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba.

The UAE had held a years-long lobby contract with The Harbour Group, which included developing PR materials for its D.C. embassy. Other firms to sign lobbying pacts with the Persian Gulf nation in recent years include Kemp Goldberg Partners, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and DLA Piper.