Upon H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan "may God rest him in" taking  over of the reins of government, he realized through his clear-sight of issues, his correct perusal of events and its trends, his profound understanding of the country elements, his vision through the future of the country sons and its progress and his deep-rooted faith in the Islamic creed that there was a need to reconstruct the constituents of rule and to construct public affairs management basic frames. The first of such institutes which reflect His Highness deep faith in consultation principle was the National Consultative Council. On 1st July 1971G, Law No (2) of 1971G concerning the establishment of the National Consultative Council was promulgated mentioning in its historical establishment statement that National Consultative Council Law aims at getting nationals, elites and the assistance of H/H/ the Ruler engaged in managing the country affairs and in determining its policy.

The council establishment to be completed, Emiri decree was promulgated on 3th October of 1971G constituting the council of fifty rational and well-positioned members in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Subsequently, the Emiri decree No. (39) of 1972G concerning the National Consultative Council by-law was promulgated.

The late H.H.Sheikh / Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan "may God rest him in" attended the council's first session dated 3th October, 1971G. In the opening address, His Highness – may God have mercy upon him – confirmed that the establishment of the council comes together with his faith in the people's right in taking part in the ruling of their country. Since then, the council has been exercising its designed role according to its establishment law and is honored with the country wise leadership great attention

Consultation as a principle and an approach in leading the country.

The consultation principle with the country wise leadership represents a new and typical experience in the democracy concept. This experience draw all of its success elements from the adherence with the Holly Koran and  the Sunna of the Prophet as it also depends on the practical exercise approach not on theories and tuning slogans.

Consultation principle with the country leadership relies in its practice on three dimensions:

Firstly: The deep-rooted Belief in the Islamic Creed and value springing from that God Has, in His Holly Koran, ordered His people to follow consultation principle.

Secondly: The accurate and profound coexistence with the society reality by paying continuous attention to meet with citizens all over the country and to listen to their needs and requirements.

Thirdly: The priority of commonweal dashing from the leadership continuous keen on providing all people's requirements to achieve a free and noble life protected with the country of law and institutions. The country leadership, thereby, was enable to found a unique methodology to manage the country public affairs and has established a distinguished model in leadership. Consultation has had a great share of the wise leadership concern and it has translated this in its continuing communication with people. Subsequently, National Consultative Council was established as a symbolization of faith in consultation as it has enjoyed numerous powers giving it the opportunity to the effective participation in the country affairs with its right to share in the discussion of legislation and local laws and to show recommendation regarding them and to discuss public issues and matters in relation to the country affairs and the benefit of its people.

The country leadership deep-seated faith that the permanent conjunction with people with no barriers or restrictions is a fundamental principle of the ruling principles and that the belief in consultation is the bridge upon which the leadership along with its people would pass towards a brighter future. This actually what was accomplished in our dear homeland and our people is still harvesting the fruits of the leadership wisdom and sincerity.

The council jurisdictions:

Law No (2) of 1971G concerning National Consultative Council and Emiri decree No (39) of 1972G concerning National Consultative Council by-law have determined the jurisdiction of the council as follows:

1- Discussion of draft laws:

This jurisdiction entitles the council to a legislative consultative role in promulgation of local laws process. The right of the National Consultative Council to discuss local draft laws does not begin except after such draft laws are referred to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Article No (6) of Law No (2) of 1971G compels the Executive Council to put draft laws forward to the National Consultative Council during its convention period for discussion and presentation of recommendations concerning them before they are referred to His Highness the ruler for promulgation. By-laws may be promulgated without being referred to the National Consultative Council during its vacancy provided that the Executive Council would inform it with such by-laws upon the first meeting following the vacancy expiry.

2 - Discussion of public subjects:

This jurisdiction entitles the council to a kind of controlling authority on the local public affairs management under supervision of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The council law articles empowers it to put any of the public subjects concerning the Emirate of Abu Dhabi affairs forward to inquire about the Executive Council policy about it or to express its desires and recommendations regarding it to His Highness/ the Ruler or to the Executive Council which has the right to object to the discussion of subject when such discussion conflicts with the country higher interests.

3 – Addressing of questions:

Questions are addressed from the National Consultative Council members to either the council chairman or one of its members in order to inquire about matters under their jurisdictions, to inquire about any issue or to verify an event that came to the question addresser knowledge. This jurisdiction is considered to be included in the council controlling powers over the course of local public affairs.

4 – Petitions and complaints:

This jurisdiction is included in the frame of the people participation in serving the homeland and citizens' causes, consolidating bonds between the council and the citizens, its concern to express their desires and aspirations, giving an opportunity to listen to their opinions about any of the public affairs, treating their causes and serving their interests in a way that leads to the support of the homeland public interest through their petitions and complaints and paving the way in order to listen to their points of view and to exchange opinions with them.

5 – Knowledge of international pacts and agreements:

This jurisdiction is included within the council controlling powers, however, it does not mean overlapping between federal or local public affairs but it means the international pacts and agreements in which the Emirate stands alone subject to the federal constitution provisions. There are many cases in which the emirate has been entitled by the constitution provisions to this right such as joining OPEC organization and amending or canceling the agreements entered into prior to the Federation establishment.


The late Sheikh/ Sultan Bin Srour Al Dahiri who occupied the council chairmanship since its establishment in 1971G up to his death date on 1990G.


The names below mentioned held the position of the secretary-general in successive since the council establishment up to date, namely:

His Excellency / Salem Nasser Al Maskkary
His Excellency / Said Bin Hader Al Muraikhi
His Excellency / Rakan Maktoum Al Qubaisi