Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Since its formation, the UAE has witnessed tremendous development. With the discovery of oil and natural gas, both on land and in its waters, the country moved away from its earlier dependence on pearl diving, fishing and agriculture, and into an economy dominated by natural resources. Today, the UAE has transitioned again into a diversely productive economy that is based on internationally-emerging knowledge and future energy. Furthermore, the UAE’s population has transitioned from poverty to one of the highest income levels in the world. The nation has seen pioneering developments that have garnered world-wide attention. Recent statistics confirm that the UAE has become a globally prominent financial and economic centre.

The UAE’s rapid economic development has significantly contributed to promoting the status of UAE citizens, in particular women. Equal opportunities exist in education and workplace choices and fair working conditions for UAE National men and women are now enshrined in law. Women have notably increased their representation and now account for 22.2% of the seats in the present Council, one of the highest rates of female parliamentary representation in the Middle East and a high figure by any current global standard. The UAE is the top-ranking country in the Arab World, and one of the highest ranking globally, in the Gender Empowerment Index, issued by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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