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2011 Emirati parliamentary election

2011 Emirati parliamentary election
United Arab Emirates
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20 of the 40 seats in the Federal National Council
Turnout27.75% (Decrease 46.65pp)
Party Seats +/–

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This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Speaker before Speaker after
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
Mohammad Al Murr

Parliamentary elections were held in the United Arab Emirates on 24 September 2011 to elect the half of the members of Federal National Council.[1] The elections were held using electoral colleges, which were expanded from around 6,689 members in the 2006 elections to 129,274.[2] However, only 35,877 voters voted, with a voter turnout of 27.75%.[2]

Electoral college

The 2011 parliamentary elections had an expanded electoral college constituting 129,274 members, made up of 46% females and 54% males, of which 35% were younger than 30 years.[3]


Nominations of candidates took place between 14 and 17 August.[4] On 20 August 2011, the National Elections Commission announced the preliminary list of candidates, stating that 469 members of the electoral college nominated themselves to be candidates for the parliamentary elections. Of those 469 nominees, 85 were women.[5]

Emirate Candidates Female candidates
Abu Dhabi 117 22
Dubai 124 26
Sharjah 94 16
Ras Al Khaimah 60 9
Ajman 34 5
Umm Al Quwain 19 4
Fujairah 21 3
Total 469 85

After last-minute applications were taken into account, the final list included 477 candidates.[6]


The campaign period lasted from 4 to 21 September 2011.[4] Some observers called for a delay in the voting process to allow for more time for candidates to campaign.[7]

Candidates were prohibited from using religion in their campaign,[6] and campaign spending was limited to AED 2 million (US$544,400).[8]


Emirate Elected member Votes
Abu Dhabi Salem Al Ameri 2,815
Mohammad Al Ameri 2,380
Mohammad Al Qubaisi 1,199
Ahmad Al Ameri 1,153
Dubai Hamad Al Rahoumi 1327
Marwan Bin Ghulaita 1,195
Ahmad Ahli 1,164
Rashad Bukhash 1,077
Sharjah Salem Bin Howayden 805
Ahmad Al Jarwan 766
Musabbah Al Ketbi 652
Ras al-Khaimah Ahmed Abdullah Al Amash 1,449
Saeed Al Khateri 957
Faisal Al Tunaiji 717
Ajman Sultan Al Shamsi 296
Abdullah Al Shamsi 287
Fujairah Ghareeb Al Suraidi 436
Sultan Al Yamahi 396
Umm Al Quwain Sheikha Al Ari 536
Obeid Al Alili 332
Source: NEC

Turnout by emirate

Emirate Registered Voted Turnout
Abu Dhabi 47,444 10,109 21.31
Dubai 37,514 9,268 24.71
Sharjah 13,937 5,890 42.26
Ras Al Khaimah 16,850 5,085 30.18
Umm Al Quwain 3,285 1,796 54.67
Ajman 3,920 1,562 39.85
Fujairah 6,324 2,167 34.27
Total 129,274 35,877 27.75
Source: NEC, NEC

Nominated members

The appointed members announced were:[9]

  • Abu Dhabi:
  1. Noura Al Kaabi
  2. Sultan Al Daheri
  3. Khalifa Al Suwaidi
  4. Amal Al Qubaisi
  • Dubai:
  1. Afra Al Basti
  2. Mona Al Bahar
  3. Mohammad Al Murr
  4. Ahmad Al Mansouri
  • Sharjah:
  1. Shaikha Al Owais
  2. Ahmad Al Zaabi
  3. Yaqoub Al Naqbi
  • Ras Al Khaimah:
  1. Abdul Al Zaabi
  2. Rashid Al Shuraiqi
  3. Abdul Al Shaheen
  • Ajman:
  1. Ahmad Al Shamsi
  2. Ali Al Nuaimi
  • Fujairah:
  1. Mohammad Al Raqabani
  2. Aisha Al Yamahi
  • Umm Al Quwain:
  1. Ali Ahmad
  2. Humaid Ali


Mohammad Al Murr was elected unopposed as speaker of the Federal National Council.


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