The UAE is a federation of seven states formed in 1971 by the
former Trucial States after the end of the British Protectorate.
The seven Emirates are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al
Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwai.
The Supreme Council of Rulers has the power to decide policy, elect
the federal president and his deputy, admit new members to the
federation, and appoint and dismiss the prime minister and the
judges of the Federal Supreme Court. It also ratifies federal laws,
although the President can amend them. The council meets formally
once a year.
HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the ruler of Abu Dhabi and
was elected President by the UAE Federal Council shortly after the
death of his father, HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in