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The first elections ever to be held in the United Arab Emirates took place on 16 December, 18 December and 20 December 2006. Half of the Federal National Council, which has forty members, were elected.

Abu Dhabi and Fujairah voted on 16 December; Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah on 18 December; Sharjah, Ajmān and Umm al-Quwain on 20 December.[1] Only 6,595 of the more than 300,000 people over 18 years were allowed to vote, 1,163 of them women;[2] all of these voters were chosen by the rulers of the seven emirates.[3] One of the four seats in Abu Dhabi went to a woman, Amal Abdullah al-Kubaissi.[4]

e • d  Summary of the 16, 18 and 20 December 2006 UAE Federal National Council election results
Members Seats
Elected 20
Appointed by the rulers of the constituent emirates 20
Total 40

Among the 20 members chosen by the Electoral College, one woman won. Eight female members were appointed by the rulers of the 7 emirates. Each emirate had at least one female appointed, with the exception of Umm al-Qaiwain. Three of the females appointed were from Dubai.[5] The total amounted to 22.5% of the Council representing women’s significant expansion and participation in the UAE’s government.

The government has expressed that future elections will be more participatory, including that the powers of the Federal National Council will be expanded and that the right to vote will be granted to all citizens.[2]


Name Emirate Remarks
Ahmed Shabeeb Al Dhaheri Abu Dhabi
Amal Abdulla Al Qubaisi
Rashed Musabah Al Kendi Al Murar
Aamer Abdul Jalil Mohamed Al Fahim
Abdulla Nasser bin Huwaileel Al Mansouri
Fatema Hamad Al Mazrooei
Mohammed Mohammed Ali Fadel Al Hameli
Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili
Abdulaziz Abdulla Al Ghurair Dubai
Jamal Mohd Al Hai
Hussain Abdulla Ali Al Shafar
Khalid Ali Ahmed bin Zayed
Sultan Saqer Al Suwaidi
Fatma Ghanim Khalfan Al Marri
Maysa Rashed Saad Ghadeer
Najla Faisal Al Awadhi
Hamad Harith Al Midfa Sharjah
Khalifa Abdulla bin Huwaidan Al Ketbi
Salim Mohamed bin Salim Al Naqbi
Ayshah Mohammad Khalfan Al Roomi
Obaid Ali bin Butti Al Muhairi
Mohamed Abdulla Ali Saif Al Zaabi
Ahmed Mohd Naser Al Khatri Ras al-Khaimah
Rashed Mohamed Al Sheraiqi
Abdul Rahim Abdul Latif Al Shahin
Abdulla Ahmed Balhin Al Shehhi
Nedal Mohamed bin Shurbak Al Tenaiji
Yousef Obaid Al Neaimi
Hamad Abdulla Ghulaita Al Ghufli Ajman
Khaled Hamad Mohammed Abu Shehab
Ali Majed Al Matrooshi
Alia Salem Saeed Al Suwaidi
Ahmed Saeed Abdulla Al Dhanhani Fujairah
Rowayyah Saif Sultan Al Samahi
Saeed Ali Hamad Al Hafri
Sultan Ahmed Abdulla Al Moadhen
Ali Jasim Ahmed Umm al-Quwain
Sultan Khalfan Sultan bin Hussain
Sultan Saif Salim Al Kubaisi
Yousef Ali Fadil bin Fadil


  1. ^ Poll opens for first UAE elections Al Jazeera, 16 December 2006
  2. ^ a b Sole woman elected in UAE maiden polls Middle East Online, 21 December 2006
  3. ^ UAE polls 'step to more participation' Gulf Times, 21 December 2006
  4. ^ Woman wins seat in Emirates poll The Australian, 17 December 2006
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