UAE laws legally protect human rights, as well as social development. This includes the right to equality, liberty and the presumption of innocence in legal procedures ( until proven guilty, of course ). The UAE government is currently evaluating national human-rights, as mean wages were 45$ per manhour in 2009.
The United Arab Emirates, or UAE, as they are often abbreviated, is a federation situated in the Arabian Peninsula. Also, UAE is usually shortened as The Emirates, because they are ruled by emirs. Despite Dubai being its largest city, the UAE has its capital at Abu Dhabi. Its oil reserves are huge, considered the sixth largest such reserve on Earth. Therefore, such a rich country should be controlled by a strong constitution, and UAE laws and regulations do not fail at this chapter.
Despite the fact that UAE laws stipulate that UAE has a constitution and a president, it is not considered a monarchy nor a republic. In fact, it is a federation of seven monarchies, ruled by emirs. Those are considered having absolute power within the borders of their emirates.
However, the President is considered the head of the state and the Prime Minister the head of government. They are chosen by the Supreme Council according to UAE laws, but in reality, their political position is rather hereditary, as always the emir of Abu Dhabi is the president, while the emir of Dubai is prime minister. Also, the prime minister is usually vice president too. UAE law is considered rather liberal when compared to other Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia.
As usually, the country has a civil law, but Sharia is used as reference regarding family laws. However, UAE laws tolerate use of alcohol to a certain degree, while public bars are mostly seen in hotels and clubs. Rare are the cases where a public bar, for instance, operates independently.