Originally Posted by Ainee
ok so nwe can say that Hamdan is the Prince of dubai.. thanks for .information
No, he isnt a prince.
Traditionally, governments in UAE were always small, both in size and scope. This was natural, given the size of the communities and the difficult economic environment in which they existed. However, this environment valued consensus as well as participation, and the traditional form of such participation would exist within the context of a majlis or council. In this framework, issues relevant to the community were discussed and debated. Opinions were expressed and the shaikh would take these opinions into consideration prior to taking a decision.
Traditionally, the ruler of an emirate – the Shaikh – was the leader of the most powerful tribe, while each tribe, and often its sub-sections, also had a chief or shaikh. These maintained their authority only as long as they were able to retain the support of their people. This, in essence, was a form of direct democracy. Part of that process was the unwritten, but strong, principle that the people should have open access to their ruler, and that he should hold a frequent and open majlis, in which his fellow citizens could voice their opinions.
Such a direct democracy, which may be ideally suited to small societies, becomes more difficult to maintain as the population grows. Simultaneously, the increasing sophistication of government administration means that many people now find it more appropriate to deal directly with these institutions on most matters, rather than seek personal meetings with their rulers.
Despite the change in times, a fascinating aspect of life in the UAE even today – and one that is essential to better understand its political system – is the way in which the institution of the majlis maintains its relevance. In many emirates, the ruler and a number of other senior family members continue to hold an open majlis, in which participants may raise a wide range of topics, both of personal interest and of broader concern. This remains an important parallel of political participation and enriches political participation in the cultural context. It is now evident that it is these elements of governance that have served as a solid foundation in maintaining the unique identity of the country against a backdrop of rapid economic and social changes.
The changes envisioned and undertaken by the UAE leadership represent an indigenous initiative reflecting the need to transform the country’s traditional political heritage – based on consensus, the primacy of the consultative process and gradual social change – into a more modern system that takes into account the rapid socio-economic advances made since the establishment of the federation.