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United Arab Emirates
GDP: $57.7 billion
2.2 Million Barrels of oil per day (2nd in production for OPEC)
Exports: crude oil, natural gas
Imports: machinery and transport equipment, chemicals,
• Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)
$1.00 USD = 3.67 AED
• At present levels of production, oil and gas reserves are
expected to last for no more than 100 years
• Emphasis on Trade and Tourism
The source of Government’s power
and authority
• Federation with specified powers delegated
to the UAE federal government and other
powers reserved to member Emirates
• Autocratic- there is a ruler and a nondemocratic government
• Royal Families in every Emirate (7 of them)
• Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Fujayrah,Sharjah,
Dubai, Ra's al Khaymah, Umm al Qaywayn
Primary Leader
• The Late President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed
bin Sultan Al Nahyan General Shaikh Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime
Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
• Every Emirate has own Ruler and Crown Prince
• Abu Dhabi Royal Family has most power
Position on civil rights
• Civil Rights are not practiced due to an
autocratic government.
• Not everyone is given humane treatment.
• Social Class and nationality decides the
people that receive civil rights
• Rights are for the minority locals than the
majority expatriates
• Since there lacks democracy, it is hard to
fight for civil rights.
Position On Civil Liberties
• Due to autocracy, along with civil rights,
the liberties of the majority population lack
the liberty and freewill of democratic
Social Welfare Programs & Political
• There is somewhat social welfare in terms
of medical and health care systems
• Free healthcare for many low income
people shows great social welfare
• Absolutely no political parties or interest
groups exist
Institutions of government
• System of checks and balances doesn’t exist
• Federal National Council members make
Abu Dhabi 8 members
• · Dubai 8 members
• · Sharjah 6 members
• · Ras al Khaimah 6 members
• · Umm al Qawain 4 members
• · Ajman 4 members
• · Fujairah 4 members
• There exist bureaucracy with body of non
elective members, adherence to fixed rules, and
hierarchy of power
Voting and Election Process
• No public voting
• All internal voting is done by Supreme
Council of Rulers who usually reelects the
same person
• The head of the most powerful emirate
gains the leadership
The Media and Censorship
• Government sectors and agencies control
the media.
• Being an autocracy UAE is against
negative publicity
• International establishments such as ABC,
CNN, Al-Jeezera are present for the
purpose of connecting the region through
Differences to USA
Democracy vs. Autocracy
President vs. Ruler
Christianity vs. Islam
UAE founded in 1971, USA founded in 1776
Rich, Sheikhs distribute $, Income per capita
(one of highest in the world)
Rapid progress from nomadic to modern in less
than 30 years
Education level among natives low in UAE
where USA is high
USA is first world, UAE third world
UAE’s industries are limited where as USA has
vast industries and a very large GDP
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