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United Arab Emirates


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        United Arab Emirates

        conventional short form:
        none

        local long form:
        Al Imarata al Arabiyah al Muttahidah

        local short form:
        none

        former:
        Trucial States

    • Abbreviation:
      UAE

    • Digraph:
      TC

    • Type:
      federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE central government and other powers reserved to member emirates

    • Capital:
      Abu Dhabi

    • Administrative divisions:
      7 emirates (imarat, singular - imarah); Abu Zaby (Abu Dhabi), 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Dubai, Ra's al Khaymah, Sharjah, Umm al Qaywayn

    • Independence:
      2 December 1971 (from UK)

    • National holiday:
      National Day, 2 December (1971)

    • Constitution:
      2 December 1971 (provisional)

    • Legal system:
      secular codes are being introduced by the UAE Government and in several member emirates; Islamic law remains influential

    • Suffrage:
      none

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        President ZAYID bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan (since 2 December 1971), ruler of Abu Dhabi; Vice President Shaykh MAKTUM bin Rashid al-Maktum (since 8 October 1990), ruler of Dubayy

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Shaykh MAKTUM bin Rashid al-Maktum (since 8 October 1990), ruler of Dubayy; Deputy Prime Minister SULTAN bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan (since 20 November 1990)

        Supreme Council of Rulers:
        composed of the seven emirate rulers, the council is the highest constitutional authority in the UAE; establishes general policies and sanctions federal legislation, Abu Dhabi and Dubayy rulers have veto power; council meets four times a year

        cabinet:
        Council of Ministers; appointed by the president

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral Federal National Council (Majlis Watani Itihad); no elections

    • Judicial branch:
      Union Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      none

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      NA

    • Member of:
      ABEDA, AFESD, AL, AMF, CAEU, CCC, ESCWA, FAO, G-77, GATT, GCC, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INMARSAT, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAPEC, OIC, OPEC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Muhammad bin Husayn al-SHAALI

        chancery:
        Suite 600, 3000 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 338-6500

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador William A. RUGH

        embassy:
        Al-Sudan Street, Abu Dhabi

        mailing address:
        P. O. Box 4009, Abu Dhabi; American Embassy Abu Dhabi, Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-6010 (pouch)

        telephone:
        [971] (2) 436691, 436692

        FAX:
        [971] (2) 434771

        consulate(s) general:
        Dubayy (Dubai)

    • Flag:
      three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and black with a thicker vertical red band on the hoist side






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