Overview United Arab Emirates

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There are no elections at the executive level meaning that citizens do not have the right to change their government. Each of the seven individual emirates is ruled by a hereditary family with the leader chosen from among the tribe’s family members.

The country has made tremendous strides in implementing a wide-ranging economic liberalization strategy based on market competition. The country’s Vision 2021 strategy clearly sets out the goal of becoming an economic, touristic and commercial capital by emphasizing the building of a knowledge-based economy that supports innovation and entrepreneurship.

The leadership has a clear sense in terms of its strategic priorities regarding economic development and less so regarding political transformation and hence organizes its policies accordingly.

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