Abu Dhabi government

GOVERNMENT: A symbiotic relationship between formal and traditional government exists in UAE. The Supreme Council is the country’s top policy making body comprising hereditary rulers from each of the seven emirates. It is responsible for developing and approving federal policies and laws that relate to education, foreign affairs and defence, amongst others. The Council holds a quarterly meeting to tackle federal government issues, in which the rulers of Abu Dhabi have a power of veto over decisions. The Council also meets every five years to reaffirm the existing president or elect a new one. There also the Federal Council of Ministers (executive), the Federal Judiciary and the 40-member Federal National Council (legislative)Furthermore, each of the seven emirates have their own local government, which coordinates closely with the federal institutions and which follows a general pattern of structure, as outlined in the constitution.