United Arab Emirates: Government

United Arab Emirates Flag
Coat of Arms of United Arab Emirates

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Head of Government: Prime Minister and Vice President Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Overview

Government Name: United Arab Emirates

Constitution: Adopted: 1971; Permanently accepted in May 1996, this constitution provides a legal and political framework for the operation of the United Arab Emirates as a federation of seven emirates.

Government Type: Federation of Emirates

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle Source: ElectionGuide, http://www.electionguide.org/
Executive

Ratifies federal laws and decrees, plans general policy, and may relieve the prime minister of his post.

President is appointed by hereditary state rulers and prime minister is appointed by the president.

President is hereditary, Prime Minister: 5 years

Judicial

Courts act in accordance with interpretations of Islamic law but are accountable to the secular Federal Supreme Court.

Appointed by the Supreme Council of Rulers.

Until dismissal by executive branch

Legislative

Responsibility for examining and amending proposed federal legislation.

Federal National Council (Majlis al-Ittihad al-Watani) 20 members are appointed by hereditary state rulers and 20 members are indirectly elected by an electoral college.

4 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Substantial development assistance has increased the U.A.E.'s stature among recipient states. Most of this foreign aid (in excess of $15 billion over time) has been to Arab and Muslim countries. In 2007, the U.A.E. pledged and delivered $300 million to Lebanon, and was the first country to fulfill its pledge. The U.A.E. has provided significant monetary and material support to the Iraqi Government, including a pledge of $215 million in economic and reconstruction assistance, and has also provided substantial aid to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Palestinian Authority.

Regional Trade Blocs: Arab League, GCC

Treaties: No multilateral military treaties


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ABEDA AfDB AFESD AMF BIS CAEU
CICA FAO G-77 GCC IAEA IBRD
ICAO ICC ICRM IDA IDB IFAD
IFC IFRCS IHO ILO IMF IMO
IMSO Interpol IOC IPU ISO ITSO
ITU LAS MIGA NAM OAPEC OIC
OIF OPCW OPEC PCA UN UNCTAD
UNESCO UNIDO UPU WCO WHO WIPO
WMO WTO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Desertification Endangered Species Hazardous Wastes
Law of the Sea Marine Dumping Ozone Layer Protection

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Tax Authority: Information not available

Tax Name: Information not available


Sources:

CIA World Factbook and U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets except where stated otherwise.

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