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Government of Dubai
حكومة دبي
Government of Dubai logo.svg
Country United Arab Emirates
Executive Branch
Ruler of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Crown Prince of Dubai Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Legislative branch
Legislative councilDubai Executive Council

The Government of Dubai ( Arabic: حكومة دبي) is the subnational authority that governs the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven constituent monarchies which make up the United Arab Emirates. The executive authority and head of the government is the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Ruler of Dubai appoints the Dubai Executive Council, which is led by the Crown prince of Dubai and is responsible for the day-to-day management of Dubai Government agencies such as the Dubai Municipality and numerous other governing entities. [1] [2]


Since 1830, the Emirate of Dubai had a semi-autonomous government led by the Ruler of Dubai, who would delegate responsibilities of managing the affairs of the emirate to representatives in an informal government. Prior to the unification of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai had already started issuing local laws as part of the Trucial States on matters of taxation and trade, allowing the emirate to attract foreign trade and develop its fishing and pearling industry. [3]

Following the unification of the United Arab Emirates and the establishment of the federal government of the UAE in 1971, the Emirate of Dubai maintained autonomy for various domestic affairs including education, transportation, economic affairs, and security with its own police force unlike other northern emirates that relied on federal ministries. [3]

On February 24, 2003, "Law 3 of 2003". Law of 24 February 2003 (in Arabic). was issued by the Ruler of Dubai establishing the Dubai Executive Council as a legislative council to support the Ruler of Dubai in his duties and exercising some of his responsibilities, with the head of the council and the deputies to be appointed by the Ruler and the remaining seats to be distributed to other members, usually heads of major Dubai Government departments such as the heads of Dubai Municipality and the Dubai Police Force.


The Ruler of Dubai is the absolute monarch of the Emirate of Dubai and has the sole authority to issue decrees establishing governmental departments, issuing and amending laws and is the head of government. [4] The Ruler of Dubai has since 2003 designated some responsibility of overseeing the Dubai Governmental departments to the Dubai Executive Council which is tasked with supervising governmental departments, preparing the yearly budget, issuing certain Executive Decrees, and reporting to the Ruler of Dubai on a regular basis. [5]

Dubai Government departments or agencies are formed by royal decree, such as the decree to form the Dubai Police Force in 1956 [6] and then generally added to the responsibilities of the Dubai Executive Council. In 2022, the Dubai Government has 58 governmental departments under the supervision of the Dubai Executive Council. [5]

Dubai Executive Council

Following its formation in 2003, the Dubai Executive Council has become the legislative arm of the Dubai Government, enforcing royal decrees issued by the Ruler of Dubai into governmental regulations and policies and facilitating intra-governmental communication. "Law 3 of 2003". Law of 24 February 2003 (in Arabic). stipulates the council to be organised into a Chairman of the Council who is appointed by royal decree and members of the council, appointed on the advice of the Chairman of the council by the Ruler of Dubai. Law 3 of 2003 allows any individual to become a member of the council, irrespective of whether they lead a governmental department or entity but requires the heads of 14 departments to be members, such as Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police Force. [2]

As of July 2022, the Dubai Executive Council has 22 members including the Chairman of the council, which has been led by the Crown Prince of Dubai Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum since September 2006. [7] The remaining members include: [8]

Number Name Position Notable duties
1 Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Chairman Crown Prince of Dubai
2 Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Deputy Chairman Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Minister of Finance of the UAE
3 Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Second Deputy Chairman Head of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and others
4 Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum Council Member Director General of Dubai Media Department
5 Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim Council Member Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security
6 Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani Council Member Director General of Dubai Ruler's Court, Chairman of Dubai Islamic Bank, and executive director of Investment Corporation of Dubai.
7 Abdulrahman Saleh Al Saleh Council Member Director General of the Dubai Department of Finance
8 Abdulla Al Basti Secretary General Secretary General of The Executive Council of Dubai
9 Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri Council Member Commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police Force
10 Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer Council Member Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (Dubai).
11 Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer Council Member Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
12 Awadh Seghayer AlKetbi Council Member Director General of the Dubai Health Authority.
13 Issam Issa Al Humaidan Council Member Attorney General of the Dubai Public Prosecution.
14 Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem Council Member Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and CEO of DP World.
15 Eng. Dawood Abdulrahman Al Hajiri Council Member Director-General of Dubai Municipality.
16 Helal Saeed Almarri Council Member Director-General of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of the Dubai World Trade Centre.
17 Dr. Hamad Bin Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani Council Member Director General of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.
18 Sultan Butti Bin Mejren Council Member Director General of the Dubai Land Department.
19 Lieutenant General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri Council Member Director General of the Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs
20 Tarish Eid Al Mansouri Council Member Director General of Dubai Courts.
21 Abdulrahman Hareb Al Hareb Council Member Director General of the Dubai Financial Audit Authority
22 Dr. Lowai Mohamed Belhoul Council Member Director General of the Legal Affairs Department of the Dubai Government

First Lady of Dubai

First Lady of Dubai ( Arabic: سيدة الأولى في دبي) is the name given to the senior wife and consort to the ruler of Dubai. The first lady is the chief matriarch and is expected to represent Dubai in elegance and demeanor. The current first lady is Sheikha Hind, wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The position of first lady carries official duties by helping the sheikh as well as inaugurating various charities. One of the charities that Sheikha Hind is affiliated with is the UAE foodbank—she is the chairperson of the charity. [9] Nonetheless, the first lady attends many official ceremonies and functions of state either along with or in place of the emir. They also organise events and civic programs, and typically get involved in different social causes.

See also


  1. ^ "Dubai Government recognises Abu Dhabi Media support amid smart services drive". The National. 8 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Executive Council | The Executive Council". Retrieved 2022-07-21.
  3. ^ a b ULRICHSEN, KRISTIAN COATES (2020). "THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DUBAI". Dubai's Role in Facilitating Corruption and Global Illicit Financial Flows: 13–22.
  4. ^ Barahim, Fuad A. (1992–1997). "Brief Legal History and Sources of Dubai Law". Inter Alia: University of Durham Student Law Journal. 1992–1997: 47.
  5. ^ a b "Executive Council | Dubai Government Entities". Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  6. ^ "History. Always one step ahead". Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  7. ^ "HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum | World Government Summit". World Government Summit - Speaker Detail. Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  8. ^ "Executive Council | The Executive Council Members". Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  9. ^ "Dubai Ruler's Wife Named Chairperson Of UAE Food Bank Initiative - Wealth-X". Wealth-X.

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