Dubai: Eight women were among 20 members appointed to the new Federal National Council (FNC) in UAE, the FNC announced on Monday.

The UAE leadership has expressed keeness to empower women to become real partners in the country’s overall development, topping the ranks as the best Arab country in women’s empowerment.

The FNC is one of the UAE’s five federal authorities, as established by the Constitution. Its first session was opened 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.

There are 40 members of the FNC, apportioned among the UAE’s seven emirates, with eight seats each for Abu Dhabi and Dubai, six seats each for Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah and four seats each for Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.

Since 2006, one-half of FNC members have been elected to serve four-year terms. The other half of the body comprises officials who have been appointed by the Ruler’s Court of the UAE’s seven emirates.

Here are the 20 appointed members

Abu Dhabi: Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Noora Hilal Al Kaabi, Saeed Omair Yousuf Al Muhairi, Mattar Suhail Al Daheri.

Dubai: Ezzat Sulaiman Bin Sulaiman, Afra Rashid Al Basti, Majid Hamad Al Shamsi, Mohammad Ali Al Kamali.

Sharjah: Ahmad Mohammad Al Jarwan Al Shamsi, Dr Saeed Abdullah Al Mutawa, Aisha Salem Ahmad Bin Samnuh

Ras Al Khaimah: Abdul Aziz Abdullah Salem Al Za’abi, Dr Mohammad Abdullah Al Meherzi, Dr Nedal Mohammad Al Tunaiji.

Ajman: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdullah Bin Sultan Al Nuaimi, Saeed Bin Khalfan Al Kaabi.

Fujairah: Alia Sulaiman Mousa Al Reyaysa, Faisal Hareb Eisa Al Thabahi.

Umm Al Quwain: Aisha Rashid Sultan Al Ali, Ali Jasem Ahmad Al Ali