Voting for Federal National Council concludes in 36 poll stations across the UAE. Here are updates from our reporters across the UAE.
10.40pm Abu Dhabi: 'A successful one by all standards'
FNC elections saw a total of 79,157 votes with a turnout of 35.29% of the electoral roll across the UAE, said Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Federal National Council Affairs.
"This election process is considered a successful one by all standards," Dr Anwar Gargash.
"Through team work, the UAE succeeds and continues to prosper, grow and develop. There are too many people to thank but I'd like to thank the National Election Council (NEC) and its members and to the Council members across all Emirates for all the effort they made."
"Over 400 volunteers participated from different ages at various centres and this has been a prosperous experience to them and to us. We also need to thank those who lead the elections and all their teams," Dr Gargash added at a press conference held after the announcement of the winning FNC members.
"All are winners today. There are 20 seats but there is a greater number of winners and these are the nominees. We would also like to send out condolences to the family of deceased Ras Al Khaimah candidate Aziz Al Shehhi."
"In total, the elections witnessed 79,157 votes representing 35.29 per cent of the total electoral roll. Meanwhile during the 2011 round of elections 25877 votes and participation of 27.75 per cent of the electorate."
10.00 pm Abu Dhabi: winners
Khalifa Suhail Ali Rabee' Al Mazroui with 2,167 votes
Matar Hamad Matar Omaira Al Shamsi with 1,634 votes
Saeed Saleh Mezar Saeed Al Rumaithi with 1,597 votes
Saleh Mubarak Musalam Othaith Al Ameri with 1,382 votes
9.57pm Dubai: Winners
Hamad Ahmad Al Rahoumi with 2,076 votes
Marwan Ahmad Ali Khalifa Al Muhairi with 961 votes
Khaled Ali Ahmad bin Zayed Al Falasi with 722 votes
Jamal Mohammad Matar Musabeh Al Hai with 672 votes
9.55pm Sharjah: winners
Jasim Abdullah Abdul Razzaq Al Naqbi with 787 votes
Salem Obaid Mohammad Obaid Al Hosan Al Shamsi with 644 votes
Mohammad Ali Saif Ali Bani Kateb with 519 votes
9.53pm Ras Al Khaimah: winners
Salem Ali Ahmad Ali Al Shehhi with 2,037 votes
Ahmad Yousuf Mohammad Darwish Al Noaimi with 1,358 votes
Naema Abdullah Saeed Al Sharhan with 1004 votes
9.50pm Fujairah: winners
Mohammad Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad Yamahi with 912 votes
Ahmad Mohammad Mobarak Abdullah Al Hammoodi with 546 votes.
Hamad Abdullah Al Ghafli
Salem Abdullah Al Shamsi
Khalfan Abdullah Salem Humaid Bin Youkha Al Ali with 382 votes
Obaid Humaid Obaid Ali Saeed Al Ali with 372 votes
9:22pm, Abu Dhabi: Counting in progress. Process will take about 20 minutes.
9.18, Abu Dhabi: Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Federal National Council Affairs and Sultan Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice will write the password to unlock the participants results.
The system will calculate and distribute the votes among the FNC candidates and the preliminary results of the 329 nominees will be announced and displayed on the screen at the ADNEC.
8.57pm, Abu Dhabi: Voting will officially stop at 9pm and the preliminary results of all 329 candidates across the UAE will be announced.
8.55pm, Abu Dhabi: Organisers have confirmed that the results will be announced live on local television channels.
8:25pm, Abu Dhabi: 115-year-old man casts vote
Several media representatives and UAE citizens gathered around the inspirational 115 year-old Sohail Mubarak Al Rashidi, who cast his vote today at the ADNEC polling centre.
"This is my second time to vote. The FNC elections continue to instill in me a sense of national pride."
Jameila Rashid Salem, Deputy of the FNC Committee in Sharjah and member of UAE Human Rights Committee, told Gulf News “This is first experience to me in this field ..far a way from human rights work ..I wear the National scarf…It's really a cheerful experience, especially when you see person from special needs or elderly category and helped him/her.
Jameila Rashid Salem
8.10pm, Abu Dhabi: Voters impressed with smooth poll process
Mariam Al Husaini an Emirati who went to vote at Yas Mall, said she was impressed at how smooth the voting process was, saying that the availability of many computers to vote through allowed many citizens to vote simultaneously without congestion.
"I believe it's my duty as an Emirati to vote today. I read candidates' agendas and I chose a candidate that supports women's development and rights."
8pm, Abu Dhabi:
Citizens continued to flock to the voting stations in Yas Mall just an hour before voting closes, with the process moving on smoothly.
Abdullah Musallem said he had been busy all morning at military camp as he is on national service, and was glad the deadline for voting was extended an hour till 9pm.
"The voting process was very smooth and didn't take me longer than a few minutes. I chose to vote for a certain candidate that represents youth and whom I believe will get our voices heard."
Also at Yas Mall was Ahmad Hamza Al Mulla who voted for a candidate he personally knew.
"I decided to vote because I want to get my voice heard, and I chose someone that I personally know, and I can trust him to do well at the FNC. I think it's better to know the candidate and trust they can do a good job rather than just choose based on other people's opinions," he said.
Shaikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), visits the polling station.
As the day comes to an end, fewer voters are seen entering the polling station to cast their votes. Results are expected to be announced shortly after the one hour extension said to end at 9pm. Some candidates are gathered inside the voting centre anticipating the results.
7.12pm, Abu Dhabi: Elections have strongly matured since its infancy
Tareq Lootah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for FNC Affairs and Chairman of the Election Management Committee said at the ADNEC polling centre: “The elections have strongly matured since its infancy in 2006. We now have several centres and we offered eligible voters more than one day to cast their votes, ensuring that they have as many options as possible. The voting has been extended till 9pm so I request that all UAE nationals take advantage of this opportunity to cast their votes.”
Lootah lauded the fact that voters are only allowed to cast one vote per candidate only, as opposed to four in previous editions.
“I know that this does put pressure on both the voter and the candidate; however, that one vote will be granted to those who really made an effort to make their cases on their eligibility to become a member.”
Lootah had already cast his ballot during the early voting period.
7.09pm, Abu Dhabi: Voting picks up speed
The voting on the final day of FNC elections has begun to gain momentum at around 5pm, approximately nine hours after voting began at 8am this morning at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Many candidates were seen standing outside the polling halls with their families and children as they eagerly awaited the cut off time of 9pm to hear the results of the poll.
The day only became more alive as the sun set and a crowd of men dressed in white, and women in black were seen in ADNEC's corridors.
Interviews by television and other media outlets also continued to take place and a mixed atmosphere of excitement and anxiety began to evolve
5.55pm: Tight security at Umm Al Quwain centre
Security is tight at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation Hall voting centre in Umm Al Quwain, with metal detectors and X-ray scans at the entry point.
Voters must leave via a separate exit door and all visitors, such as media, and bags are checked again upon re-entry.
Humaid Mohammad Al Malehi (above), an official from Umm Al Quwain police who is part of the security team at the centre, said "all security arrangements are in place", but declined to provide more details, saying "it is a security matter".
5.45pm: Voting extended
Federal National Cohncilt elections will be extended by an hour - till 9pm, Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Federal National Council Affairs announced.
The extension is to make up for delays in some centres due to technical difficulties.
Dr Gargash said after the completion of voting today, the NEC will decrypt all data in the voting system at the main polling centre at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, where a huge screen will display the number of ballots cast in the election.
This will be followed by a press conference at the same venue during which the election results will be announced, showcasing the high level of accuracy and transparency in the electoral process, Dr. Gargash added.
Dr. Gargash stated that all the candidates and the media can attend the announcement of the live election results at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. The results will also be published on the NEC website, uaenec.ae, he said.
5.20pm, Fujaiah: Zayed Khalfan Al Mazroui arrives to cast vote in Fujairah.
Al Mazroui, a person with special needs, said no handicap can stop him performing his national duty.
4.30pm, Dubai: Maryam Suroor Al Shamsi, 55, said she came to give her vote for the benefit of the future generations.
Maryam Suroor Al Shamsi at the polling station.
"If we don't participate for our country's benefit and the benefit of the future generations, then who would we participate for," Maryam asked.
4.15pm, Abu Dhabi: Saeed Al Zaabi said he was pleased with the voting process, which was well-organised and smooth.
"As an Emirati, it's important for me to fulfill my duties towards my country, and voting is part of our national duty. The voting process is also important because it puts the UAE along with other developed countries where citizens can freely vote."
4.12pm, Dubai: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid: Democracy in our country is stable and well rooted in our community since the days of our fathers and forefathers.
Mohammad Bin Rashid visits a polling centre in Dubai.
4.10pm, Abu Dhabi: Khaled Ibrahim Al Khoori cast his vote with his family, saying that it was important for every Emirati to fulfill their national duty.
"If my country nominated me to vote, then why shouldn't I? I looked at the agendas put forward by the candidates, and picked the one that I believe is most suitable."
Fatima Al Mulla who was also casting her vote, said that she chose the candidate that brought up topics like health, education, and women's rights. She added that the voting process was important as it allows every citizen to participate and help develop the community.
4.05pm, Abu Dhabi: Younis Al Khouri, undersecretary at the UAE's Ministry of Finance, cast his vote at the centre in Al Jazira Sports Club.
A total of 36 poll stations across the UAE are open until 8pm for the Federal National Council (FNC) election. There are 330 candidates vying for 20 seats in the FNC.
"I went through the candidates' agendas, and I picked the candidate who is focusing on issues like health and education, so I think he will advocate strongly for these topics. I made sure to cast my vote because it's important for citizens to ensure that their voice is heard by the government, and the right FNC member will do so," Al Khouri said.
3.43pm, Ajman: Saeed Rashid, a visually impaired man in his late 30s, cast his vote with help of his relatives as well the chairman of the Ajman FNC committee.
“It's important to cast my vote. I asked my relatives about each candidate and their agenda. It is important to select the one who will help [the visually impaired]," he said.
3.29pm, Dubai: Saliman Al Beloushi (right), Emirati child prodigy Adeeb Al Beloushi (left) and Dana Al Beloushi (centre) visited the Dubai World Trade Centre poll station on Saturday.
The older Al Beloushi was accompanied by his children during the Federal National Council election.
“I wanted my children to accompany me while voting to prepare them and teach them about the culture of voting,” he said.
His son, Adeeb, holds seven scientific patents and has received over 100 certificates. His daughter, Dana, received nine certificates in space science from Nasa.
Omar Khalifa, who works at Dubai Police, also came with his children to vote.
“They really wanted to come. I thought it was a great opportunity for them, to raise awareness about the importance of voting. I voted for the candidate who I believed would represent us Emiratis the best,” he said.
2.45pm, Abu Dhabi: A younger voter turnout was seen as the day progressed at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) for the Federal National Council (FNC) election on Saturday.
A larger number of elderly participants were seen earlier in the day at Adnec, which has a designated area complete with 67 polling stations and a number of training stations with organisers and helpers to guide voters.
Anxiouis candidates awaiting poll results were also seen lingering on the sidelines at Adnec.
Nominees like Bouthaina Al Qubaisi were seen in the female prayer room. Al Qubaisi received well wishes from her family and prayed for a seat on the Council.
Speaking to Gulf News, Emirati voter Saif Al Mansouri, who was accompanied with his wife Salma, said: “I am voting for the first time and both my wife and I wanted to share the country’s happiness and excitement towards the FNC elections. The candidate’s achievements, precise objectives and his passion for always landing a hand to those in need propelled me to give the potential member my vote.”
Meanwhile, Salma said she elected a candidate with a "growing appetite to help others". "He also had a great political campaign and each of his suggestions were better than the other," she added.
The couple also decided to bring along their three-year-old child, who they said continuously asked questions about the event.
2.15pm, Umm Al Quwain: Abdullah Al Ali, manager of the Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation Hall voting centre in Umm Al Quwain, said he was hoping for a 80 to 85 per cent voter turnout.
"We are expecting more people to vote after 4pm as it is a holiday today. During the three days of early voting, voters had come in the morning as those were working days," he said.
It is only taking most people two minutes to complete the voting process, he added.
1.50pm, Dubai: Ahmad Mohammad Bin Humaidan, Head of the Dubai Election Committee, said that he toured the different centres in Dubai and that there was good overall voter turnout for the Federal National Council election at Dubai's six polling centres on Saturday.
1.45pm, Sharjah: Brigadier Saif Mohammad Al Ziri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah, cast his vote at the Sharjah chess Club poll station for the Federal National Council on Saturday.
"I am here not as a police commander in chief but as a citizen," Al Shamsi said, “I hope this process is repeated... It has several positive impacts on all community members.”
1.30pm, Ras Al Khaimah: Almost 8,000 Emiratis have already cast their vote in Ras Al Khaimah since early voting began last week, Dr Andulrahman Al Shaer, director of the voting centre at the Higher Colleges of Technology Women's Campus, told Gulf News.
"Thankfully everything is going quite smoothly," he said, "we haven't experienced any technical difficulties, and since the majority have already cast their ballots last week, the turnout today is manageable."
1.04pm, Dubai: Our reporter Noor Nazzal captures on video His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Dubai World Trade Centre poll station as voting was underway for the Federal National Council election on Saturday.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai casts his vote at the FNC elections at the Dubai World Trade Centre. (Video by Noor Nazzal/Gulf News)Posted by Gulf News on Saturday, 3 October 2015
Thirty-six polling stations across the UAE will be open until 8pm as Emiratis cast their vote. There are 330 candidates vying for one of 20 seats in the FNC.
12.59pm, Abu Dhabi: Minister of Energy Suhail Bin Mohammad Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei was among those who participated in the Federal National Council election on Saturday.
"Each year the awareness on the elections increases as does the political maturity of the UAE," he told Gulf News. He lauded the presence of several days for voting to allow all individuals on the FNC polling list to participate in the voting process.
12.50pm, Ajman: Voters at the Masfout polling centre were greeted with flowers upon arrival as the Federal National Council election opened on Saturday.
There are 6,000 Emiratis in Ajman eligible to vote in the FNC election.
A clinic for emergency cases has been set up in the main polling centre in Ajman's Ministry of Social Affairs.
In Sharjah, people with special needs were among the first voters as polls opened at 8am.
12.46pm: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inspects FNC election proceedings at the Dubai World Trade Centre polling station on Saturday.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at the FNC elections at the Dubai World Trade Centre. (Video by Noor Nazzal/Gulf News)Posted by Gulf News on Saturday, 3 October 2015
12.39pm, Sharjah: Minister of Public Works Abdullah Al Nuaimi cast his vote at the Sharjah chess Club poll station to cast his vote for the Federal National Council on Saturday.
He said that he is delighted to see the all UAE nationals in their different categories participate in the FNC election. He added that he voted for "the person who I believe deserve to win."
"People approach UAE Rulers to solve their problems, but nowadays community members are [also] seeking help from FNC members to solve their problems," he said.
12.34pm, Dubai: Shaikha Al Suwaidi, the first Emirati female photographer, cast her vote in Dubai on Saturday.
12.32pm, Dubai: Mai Ibrahim, a 26-year-old banker, came to vote for the first time to support her candidate. She said that she voted for a candidate who has prior experience that will take action and benefit society as a whole. 12.30pm, Ras Al Khaimah: At the Higher College of Technology, FNC candidate Abdullah Al Shehhi, told Gulf News that he isn't at all nervous about the election results.
"The beauty of democracy is that it advocates the choice of the people," he said, I'll be content with the results even if I'm not amongst those who win."
Al Shehhi said that if he is elected he will do his part to fulfill the country's vision for 2021.
"We can't look at the UAE as separate Emirates," he said, "we are after all working as one ship, from the leadership to the individual, we all need to do our part to steer this great ship forward and make the UAE among the best countries in the world."
12.20pm, Ras Al Khaimah: Citizens have been arriving to polling stations in Ras Al Khaimah to cast their votes for the FNC elections since early Saturday morning.
An organizer told Gulf News that voters were coming intermittently in groups of twos or threes. "We're seeing less people here than we did last week," he said, "a large number of citizens in Ras Al Khaimah have already cast trot votes during the early voting process."
Some of the candidates were waiting at the sidelines of the polling stations, eager to hear the election results which will be announced later on Saturday.
Talib Al Habsi, was among the first to arrive at the Higher Colleges of Technology for Women to cast his ballot.
"I'm actually surprised how little time it took for me to cast my ballot, I haven't been here for more than ten minutes. It was a great idea for the organizing committee to hold the early elections, preventing queues and long waiting times," Al Habsi said.
Umm Omar said she voted last week, but came to the poll centre on Saturday to accompany her husband. "I came with my children on Tuesday," the mother of two said, "I decided to come with my husband today to show my support."
12.13pm, Fujairah: UAE Armed Forces soldier Khalifa Hamdan Al Hamoodi (pictured flashing a peace sign), who got injured while fighting in Yemen, drove all the way from his village in Bidya to cast his vote. in the Federal National Council election on Saturday.
UAE soldier Khalifa Hamdan Al Hamoodi (seated), who got injured while fighting in Yemen, participates in the FNC election on October 3, 2015.
12.01pm, Abu Dhabi: A nine-member delegation from the Bahrain Al Shura Council visited the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) on Saturday to observe how the voting process works.
Thirty-six polling stations across the UAE will be open until 8pm on Saturday as Emiratis cast their vote to elect 20 people for seats in the Federal National Council.
11.49am, Sharjah: At the Mugaider polling station, an elderly man was caught trying to cast his ballot for the second time.
Officials said the man had already participated in early voting, but attempted to vote again on Saturday.
Mugaider poll station chairman, Abdul Aziz Saleh, foiled the man's attempt and asked him to leave the centre.
11.44am, Fujairah: Voters have started turning up in bigger numbers in Fujairah as the Federal National Council election approached midday on Saturday.
There is a greater buzz at poll stations in the emirate following the early morning lull. Women, elderly and young men have turned up to perform vote as Emirati folk songs played in the background.
Ahmad Rashid Al Yammahi, a first time voter, said: "The voting process is exceedingly easy and the arrangements are fantastic. It was wonderful taking part in the elections. I feel empowered."
Elderly Emiratis were also seen participating in the election. Salem Mohammad Al Rammasi (pictured below), 90, was among those who arrived at the Fujairah Exhibition Centre to cast their vote.
11.40am, Abu Dhabi: Hours after voting started at one of the capital's largest polling centres, voter turnout was still low.
The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) has so far seen a large number of elderly UAE nationals and a number of men and women, some of whom brought their children with them to witness the process.
11 .25am, Abu Dhabi: Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development entered the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) polling station to tour the election area for Federal National Council (FNC) voting on Saturday.
Upon leaving the Centre, the official told the press that he is delighted to see the UAE's youth ensuring that they participate in the FNC election.
"The UAE nationals are keen to participate in these elections and ensure that they have a say in what their country is heading towards to. The UAE continues to look out for its citizens and their wellbeing," Al Nahyan said.
11.14am, Umm Al Quwain: Women were in the minority of voters as the Federal National Council election took place in Umm Al Quwain on Saturday.
A few elderly UAE citizens were also seen at the polling booths. There are 22 polling booths available for voters at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation Hall.
11.05am, Dubai: Wheelchair-bound Abdulla Falaknaz, 24, voted at the Sunset Mall voting centre in Dubai with his cousin, Abdulla Al Mulla, assisting him on Saturday.
Falaknaz said it is his first time to vote in the Federal National Council election and that he will participate in future elections to select candidates who will make a difference in his country.
A total of 330 candidates are vying for one of 20 seats at the FNC.
11am, Sharjah: Minister of Health Abdul Rahman Al Owais cast his ballot at the Sharjah Chess Club for the FNC election on Saturday. Al Owais said, "This is national duty and FNC is our partner. Members of the last sessions helped us to solve a number of problems."
10.59am, Dubai: Abdullah Al Hashemi, 57, a retired educator, and Salem Al Marzouqi, 77, told Gulf News they voted for the candidate they believed would put his people first.
10.52am, Dubai: Latifa Al Suwaidi, 36, who works at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs and who is also an athlete at the Dubai Club for the Disabled, told Gulf News on Saturday that she voted for a candidate who supports those with special needs.
10.40am, Abu Dhabi: Donning the traditional Emirati Bedouin attire, 65-year-old Umm Ahmad said that she feels very relieved and happy that she voted for her cousin who is running for a seat in the Federal National Council.
"It is my first time participating in the elections," said the woman as she left the polling booths.
Accompanied by her niece, Um Ahmad had driven from Al Samha to participate in the third FNC election. She is one of the few candidates in the capital who voted for a tribe member.
10.30am, Sharjah: A system fault in a poll centre in Sharjah's Al Liya area delayed the start of polls there, which began at 8.40am instead of 8am.
Thirty-six polling stations across the UAE will be open until 8pm on Saturday as Emiratis cast their vote to elect 20 people for seats in the Federal National Council.
10.25am, Umm Al Quwain: Abdullah Rashid Hilal, who said he was a winner in the previous FNC elections, said some candidates make promises they can't keep because there is no basis for them in current laws.
The Emirati lawyer added that candidates should not exaggerate their claims just to attract more votes.
Speaking about arrangements at polling stations, Hilal said: "The facilities are super. It's only getting easier and easier to vote."
10.20am, Ras Al Khaimah: A candidate for the Federal National Council election died in Ras Al Khaimah on Saturday, the chairman of the FNC committee in the emirate confirmed.
Abdul Aziz Tafouf Al Shehi (left), an engineer, died of heart attack in his house in the Al Jeer area of Ras Al Khaimah.
10.10am, Sharjah: Voting for the Federal National Council (FNC) election is underway in Sharjah, one of 36 poll stations open in the UAE on Saturday. Ali Mohammad Salim (pictured below) was among the early voters at the Sharjah Chess Club polling station.
Emiratis are casting their ballots to elect 20 members of the FNC.
9.57am, Ajman: The voting process appeared smooth in Ajman as Emiratis cast their vote for the Federal National Council election on Saturday.
9.39am, Dubai: As polls opened for the Federal National Council election on Saturday, the first to vote at the Dubai World Trade Centre was Minister of Economy Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri.
9.27am, Fujairah: Ahmad Al Yammahi came to cast his ballot with his 3-year-old son, Mohammad for the Federal National Council election on Saturday.
9.20am, Umm Al Quwain: We talk to Emirati Ali Al Shamsi, who has voted in all three Federal National Council elections. He said he voted for a "deserving candidate who will ask about people and listen to what people need, be it healthcare or anything else."
Al Shamsi added: "I came here to vote today because my country has asked me to. It's a national duty that I want to fulfil."
9.11am, Fujairah: At least 30 voting machines are in service at the Fujairah Exhibition Centre, one of the three polling stations in Fujairah. Masafi and Dibba also have one poll station each, with 30 voting machines per station. Dozens of election staff are at work at each centre to guide voters. The voting process seems to be very smooth, with each voter taking only 3 to 4 minutes to complete the process.
9.05am, Umm Al Quwain: Voting for the Federal National Council has been light so far at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation Hall in Umm Al Quwain, with only around half a dozen voters casting their ballot in the first hour of voting on Saturday.
8.55am, Fujairah: Ibtisam Al Loghani, one of the seven female nominees from Fujairah, was at a poll station early to vote and witness the FNC election proceedings on Saturday.
"I am really excited and I hope people will vote for me. I am honoured to be part of this process of change and I am confident of winning. It's still early in the day but people have started coming and I hope they will make the right decisions," said Al Loghani, who is also a soldier in the UAE Armed Forces.
8.15am, Fujairah: Voting is underway at poll stations in Fujairah for the Federal National Council election. Zayed Abdullah, 70, was among the first voters in the emirate.
8am, Dubai: Voting for the Federal National Council (FNC) kicked off at 8am on Saturday.
A total of 36 polling stations across the UAE will be open until 8pm to those eligible to vote.
The preliminary results will be announced immediately after booths close later in the evening.
Emiratis will cast their ballots to elect 20 members of the FNC. The remaining 20 members will be appointed by Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates.
A total of 330 candidates are in the fray for the 20 seats to which voting is being held. Related story: Emiratis' stake in country's evolution
Appeals against results will be allowed for three days from October 4 to 6 and the National Election Committee (NEC) will respond to the appeals on October 7 and 8.
The NEC will approve the final list of winners on October 11 if no election run-offs are required.
A total of 37,663 Emiratis have already cast their ballots in the early voting, which marks another first for the FNC election.
With early voting ending on Wednesday, NEC officials said they were confident of a massive voter turnout on election day.
The number of eligible voters at 224,279 marks a 66 per cent increase over the previous elections in 2011.
Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for FNC Affairs and Chairman of the NEC, said the early voting was a success and witnessed a significant voter turnout.
Dr Gargash urged Emiratis eligible to vote to turn out in numbers to exercise their franchise and become fully engaged in the political process.
Ahmad Bin Shabib Al Daheri, former deputy speaker of the FNC and member of the NEC, told Gulf News that a lot more people than the 224,000 citizens eligible to vote could show up at polling stations.
Al Daheri was impressed by the encouraging voter turnout in early voting and in the overseas voting held in UAE diplomatic missions.
The number of eligible voters at 224,279 marks a 66 per cent increase over the previous elections in 2011 and signifies a gigantic leap towards greater political participation in the UAE, said Tareq Lootah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of State for FNC Affairs and Chairman of the Election Management Committee.
Lootah added that the move to widen the voter pool confirms the determination of the UAE to further promote political participation in the country by adopting a gradual political approach to develop a parliamentary experience that is consistent with the unique cultural traditions of the UAE.
The bigger the electoral college, the more positive the effect on the electoral process and the political participation in general, Lootah added.
He expressed the hope that the voter turnout will be big enough to reflect the increased interest in the electoral process and wider political participation.
The council is one of the UAE’s five federal authorities as established by the constitution. The FNC held its first session on December 2, 1972. The FNC’s official mandate is to provide for public debate of legislation. The FNC discusses proposals and plans of various federal ministries, entities and public institutions.
The parliamentary process in the UAE started as early as 2006, when the first electoral pool of 6,689 Emiratis was selected to vote. The number was small compared to the Emirati population, which amounts to a million.
But, in 2011, the second round of FNC elections saw 135,308 Emiratis granted voting rights, a 20-fold increase on the previous vote. But turnout was not as expected: whereas in the first round more than 74 per cent of the electoral pool voted, in the second round, the number dropped to under 30 per cent, pointing to an apparent loss of voter interest.
This year’s elections, however, witnessed a concerted awareness campaign to educate the people about the vital role of the FNC and to instil in them a democratic spirit. More polling stations have been set up across the country this time round, making it easier for voters to cast their ballots. Overseas ballots were also introduced this year for voters living outside the UAE.
A single-vote policy has also been introduced, allowing each voter to vote for one candidate in his or her emirate. Previously, voters were allowed to vote for as many as half the number of seats from their respective emirates.
The electoral rules state that the Appeals Committee will be headed by a judge and will include two members with experience and competence to examine all electoral appeals both with regard to nomination of candidates and the voting process and results. The Appeals Committee will convey its legal opinion to the NEC. During previous elections, the Appeals Committee was headed by the Minister of Justice (a member of the NEC).
One of the most prominent amendments in the new elections guidelines is the introduction of a technically adept Counting Committee, which is a central committee headed by the Chairman of NEC with members who are experts in electronic voting systems to count votes, announce results, and identify a list of reserve members in each emirate.
The UAE adopted a philosophy of “gradual progress” to initiate democratic practices at a steady pace and, in doing so, stave off the turbulence fellow Arab states were plunged into when they undertook this same process.
The UAE’s conviction is that change does not accommodate haste, and that careful, gradual planning does not preclude impressive results; on the contrary, ambitious but ill-thought-out strategies could be detrimental to a country’s stability.
The majority of the pool of voters are younger than 40, representing 67 per cent of the electoral college. At the emirate level, younger voters constitute 85 per cent of the total in Fujairah, followed by 67 per cent in Abu Dhabi and 70 per cent in Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah. In Umm Al Quwain, they make up 69 per cent of the members and in Dubai 59 per cent.
Up to 52 per cent of members in the electoral college are men while women make up the remaining 48 per cent.
List of Candidates - Total: 330
Abu Dhabi (89 candidates)
1. Ahmad Saeed Rashed Mohammad Al Humaid Al Neyadi
2. Ahmad Saleh Amer Al Motawa Al Ketbi
3. Ahmad Abdullah Mohammad Maksood Al Khouri
4. Eman Mohammad Rashed Saif Al Mara
5. Bothaina Salem Saeed Al Qubaisi
6. Thani Mubarak Soroor Mubarak Al Dhaheri
7. Jasem Darwish Yousef Abdullah Al Bolooshi
8. Hamed Khadem Fadel Faraj Al Muhairbi
9. Halima Mohammad Khalfan Saeed Al Rumaidi Al Muqbali
10. Hamad Salem Kurdous Obaid Al Ameri
11. Hamad Seif Saeed Belabda Al Shamsi
12. Khaled Ahmad Mohammad Haroon Al Qubaisi
13. Khalfan Saeed Khalfan Hadeerem Al Katbi
14. Khalifa Suhail Ali Rabee Al Mazrouei
15. Khamis Salem Saeed Al Dhaheri
16. Khamis Issa Khamis Mohammad Al Khubaili
17. Dalal Saeed Muhair Saeed Al Qubaisi
18. Rashed Jumaa Obaid Bkheit Ben Khotaiba
19. Rabee Salem Rabee Al Dhaheri
20. Rawdah Mohammad Khamis Imran Al Qubaisi
21. Reem Nasser Saeed Ahmad Al Otaiba
22. Salem Ismail Fairouz Al Madfa'a Al Harethi
23. Salem Hamad Bahian Barout Al Ameri
24. Salem Hamad Sultan Hamad Al Ameri
25. Salem Mohammad Salem Belhumail Al Ameri
26. Salem Mohammad Saeed Ghamed Al Rashedi
27. Salem Mohammad Motaared Ali Al Aferi
28. Salmin Mohammad Salmin Arhama Al Shamsi
29. Samia Abdullah Shaikh Mubarak Ali Al Shamsi
30. Saeed Seif Hamed Saleh Al Dhaheri
31. Saeed Saleh Mezar Saeed Al Rumaithi
32. Saeed Nasser Mohammed Boqba Al Mansoori
33. Suhail Hamad Mohammad Marzouk Al Ameri
34. Suhail Salem Mohammad Salem Al Kutbi
35. Seif Seyah Seif Suhail Al Mazrouei
36. Shamma Khamis Obaid Al Hameli
37. Shaikha Rashed Salem Al Suwaidi
38. Saleh Mubarak Musalam Othaith Al Ameri
39. Tarek Ibrahim Mohammad Same'e Al Motawa'a
40. Aisha Salem Mohammad Al Khaili
41. Aisha Issa Ali Naser Al Zaabi
42. Ayed Ali Bata Ayed Mohammad Al Ahbabi
43. Abdullah Salem Saleh Nasra Al Sharifi Al Ameri
44. Abdullah Sohail Mohammad Naseeb Al Aferi
45. Abdullah Youssef Saeed Abdullah Al Blooshi
46. Obaid Khalifa Ahmad Khalifa Al Zaabi
47. Obaid Ali Rashed Mosalam Al Mansoori
48. Ateek Mohammad Salem Msafer Al Dhaheri
49. Ali Mohammad Saeed Naser Al Swaidan
50. Amar Mahmoud Fath Ali Abdullah Al Khaja
51. Fatima Jasem Jasem Khalfan Al Zaabi
52. Faisal Mohammad Jasem Al Shaer Al Zaabi
53. Majid Khalifa Mohammad Saeed Al Muhairi
54. Mubarak Abdullah Khalfan Al Duwais Al Shamsi
55. Mubarak Awad Mohammad Bel Keela Al Ameri
56. Mubarak Mohammad Taleb Ali Al Ameri
57. Mubarak Nasser Mohammad Al Habeeb Al Ameri
58. Mabkhoot Hadi Mabkhoot Aida Al Manhali
59. Mohammad Jumaa Saeed Jumaa Al Dhaheri
60. Mohammad Khalifa Humaid Kuria Al Marar
61. Mohammad Saeed Nasser Huraik Al Menhali
62. Mohammad Sultan Qaran Rashed Al Mansoori
63. Mohammad Asheer Ali Suliman Al Mazeroui
64. Mohammad Qambar Abdullah Murad Al Ali
65. Mohammad Mubarak Al Abd Rashed Al Dhaheri
66. Mohammad Mubarak Kalfoot Saleh Al Rashedi
67. Mohammad Masoud Thafer Hadi Al Ahbabi
68. Shaikh Mohammad Mosalam Salem Mosalam bin Ham Al Ameri
69. Mohammad Salah Mohammad Thafer Al Ahbabi
70. Mohammad Ma'ayoof Awad Salem Al Ketbi
71. Mohammad Naser Mothakar Shafi Al Hajeri
72. Maryam Mohamad Jumaa Al Rumaithi
73. Mazna Salem Mohammad Al Nashma Al Mansoori
74. Mohandes Msafar Msalah Haddad Obaid Al Eryani
75. Mosalam Salem Mohammad Bin Ham Al Ameri
76. Mosbah Al Kendi Mosbah Al Kendi Al Marar
77. Matar Hamad Matar Omaira Al Shamsi
78. Mansoor Ali Sultan Ali Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri
79. Mona Majid Mohammad Al Mansoori
80. Mona Mubarak Mohammad Abu Khater Al Qubaisi
81. Mahda Hady Oud Al Ahbabi
82. Mahra Salem Ahmad Al Ghas Al Ola
83. Moza Al Rada Seif Al Mansoori
84. Moza Salem Rashed Ali Bel Hebala Al Katba
85. Moza Ali Saleh Ahmad Al Kuwaiti
86. Maitha Saeed Mohammad Eylan Al Rumaithi
87. Nasser Khaled Ahmad Salem Al Mahrama
88. Noha Rashed Salem Al Qubaisi
89. Halal Mohammad Ali Fadel Al Hameli
Dubai (60 candidates)
1. Ebtisam Mohammad Arhamah Humaid Al Suwaidi
2. Ahmad Amin Asid Fadil Bin Shafi'a Bel Abd Khamis Hamad
3. Ahmad Hamid Khamis Bel Abd Al Suwaidi
4. Ahmad Khalfan Ahmad Saeed Saeed Matar Ghalib Al Mansoori
5.Ahmad Saeed Matar Ghalib Al Mansoori
6. Ahmed Sultan Hilal Humaid Al Suwaidi
7.Asmaa Khalifa Matar Al Mazaina
8. Esmail Abd Al Hamid Yousuf Banai Al Bastaki
9. Amal Suhail Hamood Salim Al Wishahi
10. Amina Khalifa Humaid Salem Bin Zubian
11. Jamal Mohammad Matar Musabeh Al Hai
12. Hassan Ebrahim Hassan Shahdoor Al Shaibah
13. Hammad Abdullah Ali Hammad Bin Hammad
14. Hamad Ahmad Sultan Obaid Al Rahoomi Al Muhairi
15. Hamda Khalifah Matar Al Mazina
16. Hayah Yousuf Mohammad Saeed
17. Khalid Ali Ahmad Bin Zayed Al Falasi
18. Khalid Ali Saeed Mohammad Ghareeb
19. Rashid Khalifa Saif Bin Futais Al Mutaiwi
20. Rashid Abdul Rahman Saood Dukhailallah Al Dosari
21. Rashid Abdullah Mohammad Saeed Bel Rafia Al Falalsi
22. Rasha Sharif Ahmad Al Danhani
23. Salem Bakhit Salem Waleed Al Falasi
24. Salem Saif Salem Abu Nawas Al Muhairi
25. Saeed Thani Ahmad Bin Abood Al Falasi
26. Sultan Ali Rashid Ahmad Lootah
27. Salwa Abdullah Ahmad Hassan Al Suwaidi
28. Sulaiman Mohammad Khalifa Al Suwaidi
29. Sumaiah Rashid Musabah Al Muhairi
30. Seham Abdullah Mohammad Ali Yalwan Al Falaji
31. Saif Ali Abdullah Al Shafaar
32. Shahnaz Ahmad Abdul Razzaq Abdul Rahim Al Bastaki
33. Salha Khalifa Lahij Khalifa Al Basti Al Falasi
34. Abdul Rahman Mohammad Abdullah
35. Abdullah Ahmad Mohammad Saleh Al Shehi
36. Abdullah Mohammad Amin Abdullah Al Nazari
37. Ajlan Salem Mohammad Salem Al Jamri Al Amimi
38. Azza Sulaiman Mohammad Bin Sulaiman
39. Ali Mohammad Abdullah Bin Dumaithan Al Qamzi
40. Ali Mohammad Ali Suhail Al Ameri
41. Omar Abdul Rahman Ali Abdullah Ahli
42. Awsha Saif Buti Humaid Al Mazrooei
43. Eisa Mohammad Rashi Kanbo Nahyul
44. Fadil Khalifa Fadil Khalifa Al Mazroui
45. Fatima Sultan Saeed Al Jarrah Al Ketbi
46. Kaltham Abdullah Salem Al Noubi
47. Kaltham Mohammad Yousuf Abdullah Al Shaibani
48. Laila Yousuf Mohammad Al Jasmi
49. Mohammad Ebrahim Hassan Al Shaibah
50. Mohammad Humaid Mohammad Al Marri
51. Mohammad Saeed Ali Obaid Al Shehi
52. Mohammad Abdul Aziz Ahmad Abdullah Lootah
53. Marwan Ahmad Ali Khalifa Bin Galita Al Muhairi
54. Marwan Saeed Mubarak Saeed Jumairi Al Mazrooei
55. Mariam Ali Saeed Mohammad Al Thani Al Falasi
56. Mustafa Esmail Ahmad Abdul Hamid Al Zarouni
57. Mona Rashid Hamad Bin Huwaidi Al Falasi
58. Nuaima Juma Saeed Fairooz
59. Noora Abdul Aziz Mohammad Al Rostamani
60. Yunus Hassan Abdul Rahim Al Mulla
Sharjah (61 candidates)
1. Ahmad Hassan Mohammad Hassan Al Maini
2. Ahmad Hamad Mosabeh Khalfan Al Mosafri
3. Ahmad Rashid Ahmad Shabanah Al Suwaidi
4. Ahmad Rashid Salem Saeed Al Shamsi
5. Ahmad Saleh Mohammad Ali Al Naqbi
6. Ahmad Mohammad Ali Ahmad Al Qawadi Al Hammadi
7. Amna Masood Mubarak Al Mulla Al Hammadi
8. Anwar Saleh Hussain Al Alawi Al Yafi'ei
9. Jasim Abdullah Abdul Razzaq Al naqbi
10. Rashid Hilal Obaid Hilal Al Naqbi
11. Zayed Mohammad Saeed Zayed Al Katbi
12. Salem Hadid Obaid Garib Al Khameesi
13. Salem Saeed Humaidi Kaswani Al Katbi
14. Salem Obaid Mohammad Obaid Al Hosan Al Shamsi
15. Salem Ali Salem Ahmad Al Muhairi
16. Salem Mohammad Ali Huwaiden
17. Sami Hassan Saleh Bu Kufail Al Ali
18. Saud Bin Abdul Aziz Ebrahim Abdullah Al Mualla
19. Salma Mohammad Obaid Al Katbi
20. Suhail Salem Hamad Salem Suwaidan Al Kaabi
21. Saif Omair Saeed Omair Al Katbi
22. Saif Eisa Saif Eisa Al Ali
23. Saif Matar Abdullah Al Musafri
24. Saleh Mohammad Saleh Ahmad Sandal
25. Tariq Abdul Rahman Abdullah Ahmad Al Shaikh
26. Aisha Ahmad Salem Al Mutawa Al Suwaidi
27. Aisha Juma Hassan Juma Al Ali
28. Aisha Salem Ahmad Bin Samnoh
29. Adil Esmail Abdul Wahid Al Zarouni
30. Amer Obaid Eisa Al Naboodah Al Shamsi
31. Abdul Rahman Saeed Sultan Bin Shahin
32. Abdul Aziz Rashid Masood Bin Hamed Al Tunaiji
33. Abdullah Bakhit Farhan Hassan Al Suwaidi
34. Abdullah Salem Hassam Juma Al Shamsi
35. Abdullah Ali Abbas Ali Al Naqbi
36. Abdullah Awd Saif Humaidi Al Katbi
37. Obaid Mohammad Ahmad Salem Al Salami
38. Adnan Hassan Bayat Ali Al Suwaidi
39. Ali Abdullah Mohammad Al Raisi
40. Omar Sulaiman Salem Al Adab Al Hamoodi
41. Omran Mohammad Ebrahim Ahmaed Al Kayai
42. Loui Saeed Ali Al Naqbi
43. Mohammad Bin Ghashem Al Ketbi
44. Mohammad Salem Ahmad Saif Al Tunaiji
45. Mohammad Salem Saeed Abdullah Bin Futair
46. Mohammad Sulaiman Hassan Mahmoud Hassan
47. Mohammad Abdullah Saeed Bin Howaidin
48. Mohammad Obaid Matar Mosabeh Al Tunaiji
49. Mohammad Ali Saif Ali Bani Kateb
50. Mohammad Ganim Mohammad Ganim Bin Jusaim
51. Mohammad Matar Obaid Shabani Al Katbi
52. Mohammad Yousuf Jasim Al Dookhi
53. Mohammad Yousuf Hassan Bin Yousef Bin Hammad
54. Mariam Mohammad Obaid Rashid Al Majar
55. Mosabeh Saeed Ali Hareb Belajeed Al Katbi
56. Moza Moadid Saeed Al Katbi
57. Najla Eisa Mohammad Ahmad Abdullah Al Ansari
58. Nada Ali Yousuf Al Raisi
59. Nora Yousuf Khalfan Obaid Bin Sandel Al Ali
60. Wafa Ahmad Ali Shahin Al Hammadi
61. Walid Mohammad Esmail Ebrahim Al Buraimi
Ajman (23 candidates)
1.Ahmad Saif Abdullah Saif Muqaili
2. Eman Obaid Juma Al Salloum
3. Hamad Abdullah Saeed Abdullah Galita Al Gafli
4. Khalid Ebrahim Ahmad Sulaiman Al Raisi
5. Khalid Ebrahim Mohammad Al Awadi
6. Khamis Saeed Nayem Ali Al Kaabi Mohammad Ali Al Rumaithi
7. Darwish Mohammad Ali Al Rumaithi
8. Sara Rabi'a Yaqoot Al Nuaimi
9. Salem Ahmad Salem Al Kaabi
10. Salem Abdullah Hamad Rashid Al Shamsi
11. Sultan Juma Ali Sultan Al Shamsi
12. Tariq Saeed Saif Saeed Al Shamsi
13. Adil Omar Ali Mohammad Al Hanoori Al Daheri
14. Abdul Rahman Salim Saeed Salim Al Suwaidi
15. Abdullah Hussain Mohammad Bin Mohammad Al Harmozi
16. Abdullah Salim Abdullah Al Aboodi Al Tunaiji
17. Afra Bakit Saif Bin Hindi Al Alili
18. Faisal Khalid Ebrahim Saif Al Nuaimi
19. Mohammad Saeed Humaid Mohammad Al Nuaimi
20. Mohammad Saeed Mohammad Ali Al Daheri
21. Mohammad Eisa Khalifa Bu Shihab Al Suwaidi
22. Noora Ebrahim Salem Al Marri
23. Yousuf Sultan Mohammad Al Ajmani
Umm Al Quwain (20 candidates)
1. Anas Hilal Obaid Bin Hilal Al Alili
2. Khalid Sultan Hatem Ali Al Shamsi
3. Khalid Ali Ebrahim Al Sahib
4. Khalfan Abdullah Salem Humaid Bin Youkha Al Ali
5. Khalfan Ali Khalfan Mohammad Halis
6. Salem Khalfan Salem Rashid Al Shawi
7. Salem Ali Mohammad Mujairan
8. Saeed Khamis Ali Hassan Al Ali
9. Sultan Khalfan Saeed Bin Gafan Al Ali
10. Shaikha Eisa Ganem Eisa Al Ari
11. Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al Atiq Al Ali
12. Abdulah Rashid Abdullah Tahnoon Al Ali
13. Obaid Hassan Humaid Khalfan Bin Rakad
14. Obaid Humaid Obaid Ali Saeed Al Ali
15. Omar Mohammad Obaid Mohammad Al Gafli
16. Eisa Ali Saeed Jasim Bulahaiol
17. Eisa Musabeh Mohammad Al Farad
18. Aisha Abdullah Abdul Rahman Al Ali
19. Naser Khalifa Saif Mohammad Al Shandood
20. Hind Esmail Zaal Bin Jari Al Ali
Ras Al Khaimah (41 candidates)
1.Ahmad Rahma Ahmad Omran Shamsi
2. Ahmad Yousuf Mohammad Ahmad Darwish Al Nuaimi
3. Al Murr Rashid Al Murr Saeed Al Shawi
4. Ayman Ali Abdullah Saeed
5. Badriya Abdul Latif Khalifa Mohammad Al Shehhi
6. Hamed Sulaiman Abdullah Al Qadi Al Shehhi
7. Hassan Rashid Ibrahim Al Ma'a Al Suwaidi
8. Hassan Abdullah Hassan Mohammad Khakak Al Blooshi
9. Khalid Salem Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi
10. Rashid Khalfan Mohammad Al Shariqi Al Mahrazi
11. Salem Ali Ahmad Ali Al Ghalili Al Shehhi
12. Salem Ghanem Humaid Matar Zayed Al Shamsi
13. Saeed Rashid Abdullah Saeed Al Abdi
14. Saeed Ali Saeed Ali Al Shehhi
15. Saeed Ali Abdullah Saeed Musabbah Al Nauimi
16. Sultan Ali Saeed Ali Al Nadeeb Al Shehhi
17. Sulaiman Rashid Mohammad Al Hafeet Hasooni
18. Shaikha Salem Hassan Salem Bani Hassan Al Shehhi
19. Saleh Abdul Rahman Abdullah Mohammad bin Darwish Al Tunaiji
20. Tariq Ahmad Abdullah bin Juma'a Al Tunaiji
21. Aisha Salem Ibrahim Al Yaqoub Al Zaabi
22. Abdul Rahman Ahmad Abdullah Ahmad Al Ajel
23. Abdul Rahman Abdullah Mohammad Abdullah Al Tunaiji
24. Abdul Aziz Ahmad Abdul Aziz Tufoof Al Shehhi
25. Abdullah Ibrahim Mohammad Al Saroumi Al Shamili
26. Abdullah Hassan Abdullah Al Hadiyah Al Shehhi
27. Abdullah Ali Medaad Rashid Al Mazroui
28. Abdullah Mohammad Rashid Mohammad Al Shaibah Al Muhairi
29. Abdullah Mohammad Abdullah Mohammad Al Shaibah
30. Ali Ahmad Abdullah Ahmad Raba'a Al Shehhi
31. Ali Ahmad Ali Ahmad Al Bahri
32. Eissa Ahmad Saif Sultan Abu Sharijah
33. Fahem Abdullah Mohammad Rashid Harimish Al Habsi
34. Mohammad Hamdan Ali Ibrahim Al Shehi
35. Mohammad Abdul Rahman Mohammad Manqoosh Al Ali
36. Mohammad Ali Abdullah Mohammad Al Balooshi
37. Muna Juma'a Saad Al Habshi Al Ali
38. Muhair Rashid Salem Nuhail Al Khateri
39. Naser Saeed Naser Mohammad Obaid Al Khateri
40. Naema Abdullah Saeed Al Sharhan
41. Walid Shaiban Mohammad Al Dabdoob Al Habsi
Fujairah (36 candidates)
1. Ibtisam Khalfan Sultan Al Loughani
2. Ahmad Saeed Ahmad Dhawi Al Yamahi
3. Ahmad Saeed Saif Al Etr Al Dhanhani
4. Ahmed Ali Obaid Ali Al Hafiti
5. Ahmed Mohammad Mubarak Abdullah AlHamoudi
6. Amna Khalfan Rashid Saeed Al Kindi
7. Hasan Khamis Ali Abdullah Al Ranqi
8. Hasan Yousef Ibrahim Hasan Yousef Ibrahim Al Qallaf Al Nuaimi Al Qallaf
9. Khaled Mohammad Abdullah Mohammad Abdullah Al Hanqari
10. Khulood Obaid Hassan Ali Yousef Al shehi
11. Khamis Mohammad Khamis Mohammad Al Roli
12. Rashid Sulaiman Saeed Sulaiman Ahmad Al Zyoodi
13. Salem Saeed Mohammad Ali Al Matrooshi
14. Salem Obaid Rashid Al Salami
15. Salem Ali Salem Ali AlDahmani
16. Salem Mohammad Saeed Salem Al Mehrazi
17. Saeed Ahmad Ghareeb Huwaishil Al Sareedi
18. Saeed Abdullah Salem Khamis Al Yamahi
19. Saeed Mubarak Salem Matar Khamis Al Kaabi
20. Sultan Mohammad Rashid Saeed Al Shar'
21. Sulaiman Abdullah Ali Al Shuja'a
22. Saqr Suroor Saif Suroor Al Sharqi
23. Aisha Obaid Mohammad Khadim
24. Abdullah Rashid Abdullah Ahmad Al Dhanhani
25. Abdullah Saeed Mohammad Diab
26. Ali Hassan Saeed Mohammad Hammoudi
27. Ali Abdullah Ali Mohammad Al Dhanhani
28. Ali Mohammad Ali Ali Mohammad Ali bin Dawood Al Abdooli bin Dawood
29. Ghunaimah Obaid Mohammad Saeed Al Hafiti
30. Fatima Humaid Abdullah Mahmood Al Shar' Al Mazmi
31. Futtaim Obaid Hassan Ali Al Shehi
32. Mohammad Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad Yamahi
33. Mohammad Abdullah Ghasib Naser Al Yamahi
34. Mohammad Ali Juma'a Juma'a bin Suweilem
35. Naser Badr Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali
36. Naser Ali Rashid Ali Al Yamahi
Photos and inputs: Aghaddir Ali reporting in Sharjah, Faisal Masudi reporting in Umm Al Quwain, Nada Al Taher, Maisoon Mubarak and Sarah Gamal reporting in Abu Dhabi, Noor Nazzal, Noorhan Barakat and Maria Botros reporting in Dubai, Razmig Bedirian reporting in Ras Al Khaimah, Shafaat A. Shahbandari reporting in Fujairah and Samir Salama reporting in Abu Dhabi