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  1. The Supreme Council
  2. The Council of Ministers
  3. Members of Government
  4. The Federal National Council
  5. Federal Judiciary
  6. Local Governments
  7. Foreign Policy
  8. The President
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UAE Satellite ViewThe United Arab Emirates (UAE), a federation of seven emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ra’s al-Khaimah and Fujairah, was formally established on 2 December 1971.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected as President of the UAE on 3 November 2004, following the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who held the post from the foundation of the state until his death on 2 November 2004.

The UAE’s constitutionally based federal system of government includes the following institutions:

  • The Supreme Council
  • The Council of Ministers
  • The Federal National Council
  • Federal Judiciary

THE SUPREME COUNCIL

Sheikh KhalifaThe top policy-making body in the state is made up of the rulers of each emirate. The Supreme Council reaffirms the existing President or elects a new one at five-yearly intervals. The term of elected office for the Vice-President is also five years and the post is presently held by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who was elected following the death of his brother, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in early 2006.

THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

Also known as the Cabinet, the Council of Ministers is the executive authority for the Federation and is headed by the Prime Minister.

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MEMBERS OF GOVERNMENT

Supreme Council

  • HH President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi
  • HH Vice-President, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai
  • HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah
  • HH Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ra’s al-Khaimah
  • HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah
  • HH Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mu’alla, Ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain
  • HH Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman

Crown Princes

  • General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
  • Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, Chairman of the Sharjah Executive Council
  • Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ra’s al-Khaimah
  • Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Crown Prince of Umm al-Qaiwain
  • Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman
  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah

Deputies of the Rulers

  • Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry
  • Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah
  • Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Ra’s al-Khaimah
  • Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Ra’s al-Khaimah
  • Sheikh Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Deputy Ruler of Fujairah

Members of the Cabinet

  • Prime Minister and Minister of Defence: Vice-President HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Deputy Prime Minister: Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Deputy Prime Minister: Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Minister of Finance and Industry: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Minister of Interior: Lt Gen. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Minister of Presidential Affairs: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
  • Minister of Public Works: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
  • Minister of Economy: Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
  • Minister of Justice: Mohammed Nukhaira Al Dhahiri
  • Minister of State for Financial and Industrial Affairs: Dr Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash.
  • Minister of Energy: Mohammed bin Dha’en Al Hamili
  • Minister of Labour: Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka’abi
  • Minister of Governmental Sector Development: Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri
  • Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs: Mohammed Abdullah Al Gargawi
  • Minister of State for Foreign Affairs: Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali
  • Minister of Social Affairs: Mariam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi
  • Minister of Education: Dr Hanif Hassan Ali
  • Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs: Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash
  • Minister of Health: Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami
  • Minister of Environment and Water: Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi
  • Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development: Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais

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THE FEDERAL NATIONAL COUNCIL

The FNC has both a legislative and supervisory role, and is a member of the International Parliamentary Union, as well as the Arab Parliamentary Union.

Federal National CouncilFormerly, the 40 members of the FNC, drawn from each of the seven emirates on the basis of their size and population, were appointed by the rulers, but under the present system each ruler selects an electoral college whose members must be at least 100 times the number of FNC members for the emirate (eight each for Abu Dhabi and Dubai, six each for Sharjah and Ra’s al-Khaimah, and four each for Fujairah, Ajman and Umm al-Qaiwain). The members of each electoral college then elect half of the FNC members for their emirate, with the remaining half being appointed by the ruler. The first elections under this system were held in December 2006, resulting in the groundbreaking election of one woman, Dr Amal Qubaissi, to the FNC. In addition, eight other women were appointed to the parliamentary body.

Introduction of indirect elections is considered to be the first phase of a process designed to enhance the role played by the FNC in government. Other steps include a strengthening of the legislative and legal powers of the FNC and the development of more effective and more viable channels of coordination between the FNC and the executive authorities, such as the Cabinet.

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THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY

The Federal Judiciary, whose independence is guaranteed by the Constitution, includes the Supreme Court and the Courts of First Instance.

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Each of the seven emirates has its own local government, the complexity of which differs according to the size and population of individual emirates. Each follows a general pattern of municipalities and departments. The relationship between the federal and local governments is laid down in the Constitution, which allows for a degree of flexibility in the distribution of authority. This relationship is evolving over time, dictated by administrative requirements.

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FOREIGN POLICY

Foreign PolicyForeign policy, the remit of the UAE Federal Government, is derived from a set of guiding principles, amongst which are a deep belief in the need for justice in international dealings between states, including the necessity of adhering to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of others and the pursuit, whenever possible, of peaceful resolution of disputes, together with support for international institutions, such as the United Nations.

Disaster and development aid are also an important part of UAE foreign policy, administered through organizations such as the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, The Zayed Foundation and the Red Crescent Society.

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THE PRESIDENT

HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, was elected as the new President of the UAE on 3 November 2004, to succeed his father, the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE President from 1971 to 2004, from whom, he has said, he learned ‘the need for patience and prudence in all things’.

President Sheikh KhalifaSince becoming UAE President, HH Sheikh Khalifa has presided over a major re-structuring of both the Federal Government and the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The appointment of a new Cabinet in February 2006, with Vice-President and Dubai Ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as Prime Minister, saw major changes in the portfolios with, crucially, the creation of new ministries devoted to the streamlining and modernizing of the business of government, a new focus on community development and, through the new Ministry of Federal National Council (FNC) Affairs, an important step towards reform of the political process.

Sheikh Khalifa has also undertaken extensive tours throughout the UAE to study the needs of the Northern Emirates, during which he has given instructions for the building of a number of projects related to housing, education and social services.

Sheikh Khalifa has overseen dramatic changes too in the government of Abu Dhabi, where particular attention has been paid to two aspects – improvements in terms of efficiency and cost for services provided to the public and the opening up of much of the economy so that greater scope has been provided for direct private investment and for public-private partnerships. In this context, Sheikh Khalifa believes that the time is right for government, both local and federal, to step back from the role it played during the foundation of the state and to concentrate on the core areas of government responsibility.

While emphasizing the need for a re-structuring at home, not just in terms of government, but also in the way in which the UAE’s people look upon their own duties towards society, President Sheikh Khalifa has, at the same time, continued to ensure that the country pursues an active foreign policy.

GCC meetingHe is a strong supporter of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), believing that the success and achievements of this body reflect the depth of understanding reached amongst its leaders. That support was re-affirmed at the 2005 GCC summit conference, held in Abu Dhabi, while he has exchanged numerous visits with the leaders of other GCC states, which have provided him with the opportunity to discuss ways in which the GCC can continue to develop, together with other issues of regional and wider importance.

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FEDERAL MINISTRIES

Ministry of Defence
The Minister: HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
(also Prime Minister)
Abu Dhabi POB: 46616; Tel: 02 4461300; Fax: 02 4463286
Dubai POB: 2838; Tel: 04 3532330; Fax: 04 3531974

Ministry of Interior
The Minister: Lt-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Abu Dhabi POB: 398; Tel: 02 4414666; Fax: 02 4414938
Dubai POB: 4333; Tel: 04 3980000; Fax: 04 3981119

Ministry of Education
The Minister: Dr Hanif Hassan Ali
Undersecretary: Dr Jamal Al Mehairi
Abu Dhabi POB: 295; Tel: 02 62138000; Fax: 02 6313778
Dubai POB: 3962; Tel: 04 2994100; Fax: 04 2994535
Website: www.moe.gov.ae/

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
The Minister: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
Abu Dhabi POB: 45253; Tel: 02 6428000; Fax: 02 6428778
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of Economy
The Minister: Sheikha Lubna bint Khaled Al Qasimi
Abu Dhabi POB: 901; Tel: 02 6265000; Fax: 02 6215339
Dubai POB: 3625; Tel: 04 2954000; Fax: 04 2951991
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.economy.gov.ae

Ministry of Energy
The Minister: Mohammad bin Dha’en Al Hameli
Abu Dhabi POB: 59; Tel: 02 6671999; Fax: 02 6664573
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of Governmental Sector Development
The Minister: Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri
Abu Dhabi POB: 900; Tel: 02 4495090; Fax: 02 4490046
Dubai POB: 6633; Tel: 04 2952999; Fax: 04 2959888
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of Social Affairs
The Minister: Mariam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi
Abu Dhabi POB: 261; Tel: 02 6322500; Fax: 02 633259
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of Health
The Minister: Humaid Mohammed Obeid Al Qattami
Abu Dhabi POB: 848; Tel: 02 6334716; Fax: 02 6726000
Dubai POB: 1853; Tel: 04 3966000; Fax: 04 3965666
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.moh.gov.ae/intro

Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development
The Minister: Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais
Abu Dhabi POB: 17; Tel: 02 4453000; Fax: 02 4452504
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of Finance & Industry
The Minister: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The Minister of State: Dr Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash
Abu Dhabi POB: 433; Tel: 02 6726000; Fax: 02 6663088
Dubai POB: 1565; Tel: 04 3939000; Fax: 04 3939738
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.fedfin.gov.ae

Ministry of Presidential Affairs
The Minister: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Abu Dhabi POB: 280; Tel: 02 6222221; Fax: 02 6222228

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Foreign Minister: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
The Minister of State: Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali
Abu Dhabi POB: 1; Tel: 02 4444488; Fax: 02 4447766
Dubai POB: 3785; Tel: 04 2221144; Fax: 04 2280979
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of Public Works
The Minister: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
Abu Dhabi POB: 878; Tel: 02 6651778; Fax: 02 6665598
Dubai POB: 1828; Tel: 04 2693900; Fax: 04 2692931
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of Justice
The Minister: Mohammed Nukhaira Al Dhaheri
Abu Dhabi POB: 260; Tel: 02 6814000; Fax: 02 6810680
Dubai POB: 1682; Tel: 04 2825999; Fax: 04 2825121

Ministry of Labour
The Minister: Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka’abi
Abu Dhabi POB: 809; Tel: 02 6671700; Fax: 02 6665889
Dubai POB: 4409; Tel: 04 2691666; Fax: 04 2668967

Ministry of State for Cabinet Affairs
The Minister of State: Mohammed Abdullah Al Gargawi
Abu Dhabi POB: 899; Tel: 02 6811113; Fax: 02 6812968
Dubai POB: 5002; Tel: 04 3967555; Fax: 04 3978884
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.uae.gov.ae/moca

Ministry of State for FNC Affairs
The Minister of State: Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash
Abu Dhabi POB: 836; Tel: 02 6812000; Fax: 02 6812846
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of Environment and Water
The Minister: Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi
Abu Dhabi POB: 213; Tel: 02 4495100; Fax: 02 4495150
Email: [email protected]

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