In a step toward its first political reforms, the United Arab Emirates announced Thursday it will hold the first elections for its consultative council since the nation was founded in 1971.
The elections are for only half of the Federal National Council, the country's president said Thursday. . . .
The Federal National Council consists mainly of 40 members distributed among the seven emirates: eight for Abu Dhabi, eight for Dubai, six for Sharjah, six for Ras Al Khaima, four for Ajman, four for Um aL Qiwin, and four for Fujaira.
One UAE official said the number of voters might be limited to 2,000[.]
The sad part is that this is actually one of the more democratic proposals in all of the Arab world. Saudi Arabia has held only municipal elections, and has not even held those everywhere.