Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Dubai: The Muslim Brotherhood, the main Islamist force that emerged after the Arab Spring, is plotting to take over Gulf states, Dubai's police chief said in remarks reported on Sunday.

In an interview with Al Qabas, a Kuwaiti daily, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan said that the group has a specific plan to take over Gulf regimes by 2016.

"My sources say the next step is to make Gulf governments figurehead bodies only without actual ruling. The start will be in Kuwait in 2013," he said.

General Khalfan said that he based his information on "leaks" from Western intelligence agencies and this "had been known to us." Khalfan said the alleged plot will begin in Kuwait because "it is ready more than any other Gulf state... this is a strategy."

Sunni Islamists made an impressive show in a February 2 snap election in Kuwait, securing more than 20 seats in the 50-member parliament.