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    United Arab Emirates Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: United Arab Emirates
      conventional short form: none
      local long form: Al Imarat al Arabiyah al Muttahidah
      abbreviation: UAE
      former: Trucial Oman, Trucial States
      local short form: none

      Government type: federation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal 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, Ash Shariqah (Sharjah), Dubayy (Dubai), Ra's al Khaymah, Umm al Qaywayn

      Independence: 2 December 1971 (from UK)

      National holiday: Independence Day, 2 December (1971)

      Constitution: 2 December 1971 (made permanent in 1996)

      Legal system: federal court system introduced in 1971; all emirates except Dubayy (Dubai) and Ra's al Khaymah are not fully integrated into the federal system; all emirates have secular and Islamic law for civil, criminal, and high courts

      Suffrage: none

      Executive branch: chief of state: President ZAYID bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan (since 2 December 1971), ruler of Abu Zaby (Abu Dhabi) (since 6 August 1966) and Vice President MAKTUM bin Rashid al-Maktum (since 8 October 1990), ruler of Dubayy (Dubai)
      note: there is also a Federal Supreme Council (FSC) composed of the seven emirate rulers; the FSC is the highest constitutional authority in the UAE; establishes general policies and sanctions federal legislation; meets four times a year; Abu Zaby (Abu Dhabi) and Dubayy (Dubai) rulers have effective veto power
      head of government: Prime Minister MAKTUM bin Rashid al-Maktum (since 8 October 1990), ruler of Dubayy (Dubai); Deputy Prime Minister SULTAN bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan (since 20 November 1990)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president
      elections: president and vice president elected by the FSC (a group of seven electors) for five-year terms; election last held 2 December 2001 (next to be held NA 2006); prime minister and deputy prime minister appointed by the president
      election results: ZAYID bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan reelected president; percent of FSC vote - NA%, but believed to be unanimous; MAKTUM bin Rashid al-Maktum elected vice president; percent of FSC vote - NA%, but believed to be unanimous

      Legislative branch: unicameral Federal National Council or Majlis al-Ittihad al-Watani (40 seats; members appointed by the rulers of the constituent states to serve two-year terms)
      elections: none
      note: reviews legislation, but cannot change or veto

      Judicial branch: Union Supreme Court (judges are appointed by the president)

      Political parties and leaders: none

      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA

      International organization participation: ABEDA, AFESD, AL, AMF, CAEU, ESCWA, FAO, G-77, GCC, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, NAM, OAPEC, OIC, OPCW, OPEC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Asri Said Ahmad al-DHAHIRI
      FAX: [1] (202) 243-2432
      telephone: [1] (202) 243-2400
      chancery: 3522 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20037

      Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Marcelle M. WAHBA
      embassy: Al-Sudan Street, Abu Dhabi
      mailing address: P. O. Box 4009, Abu Dhabi
      telephone: [971] (2) 4436691
      FAX: [971] (2) 4435441
      consulate(s) general: Dubai

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

      NOTE: The information regarding United Arab Emirates on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about United Arab Emirates Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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