In November 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took a bold and unprecedented step for a Muslim nation by designating 85 radical Islamic organizations as terrorist organizations. The UAE's designation is the most audacious and significant classification of terrorist organizations worldwide, and is superior to the lists developed by the United States, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United Nations. As to why it is unrivalled, here are a number of reasons:
First: The UAE addressed the roots of the problem, in the sense that terrorist ideology paves the way for terrorist acts; hence, the list included organizations which promote terrorist ideology or seek to secretly recruit Muslims, making them ready and available for organizations engaged in terrorist acts.
Second: The UAE is familiar with the double talk, dissimulation and outright lies that are typical of Islamists. As an Islamic State, the UAE has a good understanding of those deceitful practices. Therefore, it did not hesitate much about organizations that issue vague statements claiming to denounce terror, while their actions aim at stirring up discontent among Muslims to facilitate their recruitment into terrorist organizations. The US Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a prominent case in point.