He promises to work
for people’s welfare

ABU DHABI — The path to women’s empowerment in the UAE was laid down several years ago by the Founder of the Nation, the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and we are striving to strengthen it further, said Omair Saud Mohammed Arar Al Dhaheri, a candidate in the Federal National Council (FNC) elections from Abu Dhabi.

By Anwar Ahmad

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Published: Wed 21 Sep 2011, 11:08 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:56 AM

In an interview with Khaleej Times, Al Dhaheri revealed his election manifesto and campaign methodology.

What is the purpose of contesting the FNCelections?

These election reforms are based on studies and are being implemented one after another. Our first electoral experience was successful and now we have to make it more successful with wide participation. I would like to be a part in the nation-building process.

How will you serve the Emirati community and how will you take up issues of the women and families?

One of my important goals is to take up women’s rights in the UAE. The women here are capable enough and they had proved their efficiency in various sectors and positions, which they achieved during the past years. Now I invitewomen of the country to benefit from this opportunity by voting and play an active role in the society through electing candidates of their choice.

The path to the women’s empowerment in the UAE was laid several years ago by the Founder of the Nation, the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and these efforts are being continued under the leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

What is your election agenda?

My programme includes a promise to the people of the nation to work for their welfare, if I am elected. We have got lots of problems to solve; like new education programmes, health, unemployment in the country and women’s issues. We need to raise the living standard of each citizen and attract foreign investments. Also we need to improve the national identity.We need to pay more attention to education and scientific research, and increase cultural and scientific activities and missions abroad to benefit from other cultures.

I hope to improve health services, which will be free of charge for the UAE citizens. I believe we should work towards employing more national doctors, mainly women, after training them at international specialist hospitals with increased salary and bonuses.

This will help boost their confidence in the health sector.

We need to develop methods of monitoring restaurants on the food quality to maintain public health, develop high-tech methods for cleanliness and focus more on green recycling.

What is your mode of campaigning?

My campaign includes different ways to be in touch with voters.

What is your vision for the nation-building process along with the youth of the country?

According to the lists released by the National Election Committee (NEC), the electoral college comprises 129,274 members.

It has 47,444 members from Abu Dhabi and 35 per cent of it are youths under 30 years. So the youths are the future of our country. We need to be careful in giving them what they want, mainly good education, sports and other related matters.


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