The United Arab Emirates’ Cabinet approved a bill guaranteeing equal pay for men and women as the Gulf nation strives to bring more females into its workforce. “We don’t want any exceptions to equal opportunities between the sexes,” UAE Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum said on Twitter. He didn’t say when the bill would be presented to the country’s advisory federal national council for final approval.
It has more women in positions of authority than the United States, the youngest minister in the world and an age difference of nearly half a century. Not to mention the world’s first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence.
These are some of the many ways in which the new UAE Cabinet, announced on Thursday, is remarkable.
With nine ministerial positions out of 31 now held by women, the UAE is more gender-equal than Donald Trump’s cabinet, which has four.
ABU DHABI // Eight new ministers, five of them women, have joined the federal Government in the biggest shake-up in its history.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced the appointments to the 12th Cabinet on Wednesday.
The announcements came after consultation with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and with the approval of the President, Sheikh Khalifa.
El primer ministro de los Emiratos Árabes Unidos anunció ayer vía Twitter que el país privatizará algunos servicios públicos, así como la creación de una nueva posición, el ministro de estado dedicado a garantizar la felicidad de sus ciudadanos, según informa AlJazeera.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, que también es el gobernante de Dubai, hizo estos comentarios en Twitter después de aparecer en la Cumbre Mundial del Gobierno organizada en este país.
The first day of voting for Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) elections on Thursday saw a huge turnout across all nine polling stations. Citizens flocked to cast their votes for the candidates they believe will be perfect to convey their messages to the government.
Voters arrived early morning even before the polls began at 8am, showing their enthusiasm in participating in decision-making process.
SHARJAH// Two hundred candidates have been approved to stand for the 21 seats on the Sharjah Consultative Council.
On Sunday, the Sharjah Election Committee announced the initial list of approved candidates for the first local election in the history of the country.
The list includes 43 women.
In Sharjah city, 96 applications, including 25 women, were approved to compete for six seats.
The eastern region has had the second-highest number of candidates, with 30 competing in Khor Fakkan and 23 in Kalba for three seats in each district.
SHARJAH // Registration has been extended for people wanting to vote in the Sharjah Consultative Council elections
The higher committee of the SCC has extended registration to December 19, from December 17, following requests from citizens.
Fourteen registration centres — six in Sharjah City and one each at Al Dhaid, Khorfakkan, Kalba, Dibba, Hamriya, Maliha, Madam and Al Batayeh- are open for Emiratis from 8am to 6pm.
The Sharjah Advisory Council elections highlights the maturity of the parliamentary experience, and marks a new step in the efforts to strengthen political participation and empower citizens, a UAE minister has said.
Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said the political empowerment programme, launched by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in 2005, represents a distinguished approach in political development and enhancing the political awareness of the citizens.
SHARJAH // Emiratis are answering the call to duty and registering in large numbers for the Sharjah Consultative Council elections.
The deadline for registration is Thursday and Mansoor bin Nassar, head of the higher elections committee, encouraged Emiratis to become involved after a disappointing number visited registration centres last week.
“This is the first local elections to happen in the country and we urge citizens to register for voting and candidacy,” Mr bin Nassar said.
ABU DHABI // Oration, education and the electoral campaign of a candidate were the major influences on who Emiratis voted for in the recent FNC elections, a study shows.
The report, How do Emirati Voters Determine for Whom to Vote in FNC Elections? by UAE University professors Abdulfattah Yaghi and Osman Antwi-Boateng, questioned 1,800 Emirati voters, out of which 1,518 results were assessed.
About 86 per cent of the interviewed sample considered a candidate’s speechmaking skills as a major factor in their appeal.
Emiratis eligible to vote for the upcoming Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) elections have been urged to register at the Sharjah Municipality and other centres in their electoral zones.
The registration process for the SCC elections began on Sunday at the Sharjah Municipality.
Khalid Al Midfa, head of the Media Committee for SCC elections, said six registration centres have been set up in the Sharjah City. In addition, registration centres have been set up in the Dhaid, Khor Fakkan, Kalba, Dibba Al Hisn, Hamriya, Maliha, Madam and Al Bataeh areas.
SHARJAH // Emiratis turned out in numbers on the first day of voting registration for next year’s Sharjah Consultative Council elections.
Staff at registrations centres across the emirate reported a steady flow of citizens keen to give their details, a requirement to take part in next month’s elections.
In June, Sharjah’s Ruler, Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, announced that half of the 42-seat council would be elected by citizens, with the rest appointed.
ABU DHABI // Dr Amal Al Qubaisi was on Wednesday appointed President of the Federal National Council, making her the region’s first female leader of a national assembly.
“I am proud to take this seat for the first time as a woman in the Arab world,” she said, after winning the role of President and Speaker unopposed.
“I dedicate this achievement to the great women of the UAE, and to the Mother of the Nation, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.”
ABU DHABI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Wednesday inaugurated the 16th legislative term of the Federal National Council.
The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai attended the opening ceremony, walking the red carpet under the swords of the Presidential Guard while a marching band played the national anthem.
He then met FNC officials before entering the Sheikh Zayed Hall to greet the Rulers awaiting him.
After verses of the Quran had been recited, the new term was convened.
ABU DHABI // Eight women are among the 20 Federal National Council members appointed by the emirates’ Rulers.
Noura Al Kaabi, chief executive of the media zone twofour54, and Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, were reappointed for Abu Dhabi.
It will be Dr Al Qubaisi’s third term and the second for Ms Al Kaabi, who said she was “very honoured and humbled, and at the same time it is a huge responsibility.
SHARJAH // The first elections to the Sharjah Consultative Council will begin on January 30 and last for two days.
Those elected to the 21 seats will serve a four-year term.
The Sharjah Ruler, Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, in June announced that half the consultative council would be elected, with the other 21 seats filled by Ruler appointees.
ABU DHABI // A good turnout and smooth voting process for this year’s Federal National Council elections has earned the National Elections Committee praise from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
Sheikh Mohammed thanked the NEC during a meeting in the capital with members of the Abu Dhabi FNC Elections Committee.
Najla Al Rostaman.-
The UAE Federal National Council (FNC) elections is over. There are winners and there were losers. Let's analyse it, because this year it unfolded differently than how it did four years back.
Naser Al Remeithi.-
ABU DHABI // The 20 candidates who won election to the Federal National Council have been cleared to take their seats on the new consultative body.
And Yemeni pupils are also winners, after the National Elections Commission decided to donate the many computers, touchscreens, laptops and printers used in the ballot to schools in the country.
The NEC said its appeals committee had found no objections to any of the winners.