The closest thing the United Arab Emirates has to elections is the elections to the 40 member Federal National Council (FNC), a purely advisory body, only half (20) of whose members are elected. Even Saudi Arabia at least votes for municipality councils with some actual local say. The UAE has long flourished through sharing its wealth with its citizens (a minority of its residents) rather than sharing power.
This year's FNC elections were a bit embarrassing due to their low turnout. see Jenifer Fenton's guest post at The Arabist.She analyzes the problems with trying to give the FNC more credibility when it has no legislative powers. It can't build trust if it can't really do anything. It's useful background for those of us who rarely look at politics in the Emirates, mostly because it's so hard to find the politics in the Emirates.
Also of interest is an article in The National in which outgoing FNC members offer advice for the new incoming ones. The first point of advice? "They need to read the Constitution." I guess the assumption is they haven't read it already.