Domestic Politics in the United Arab Emirates: Social and Economic Policies, 1990–2000

  • Fatma al-Sayegh


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is at an exciting crossroads in its short development. Thirty years since its establishment as a federation, its leaders have spent considerable energy to foster a unified and stable political system, support traditional yet modernizing social and economic structures—capable of adapting to dramatic and fast changes—and fund a diversified economy that is less dependent on fluctuating oil prices. Since 2 December 1971, two significant steps have marked the development of this country—first, a political union of the former Trucial States against some odds, and second, the genuine development of the less fortunate Northern Emirates.1


United Arab Emirate Federal Budget Domestic Politics Supreme Council Provisional Constitution 
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