Ahmed Ahli has a strong presence on FNC committees

Eschewing social media, Mr Ahli's preferred approach to his constituents has been on the ground and through his personal majlis in Dubai.

Ahmed Ahli, standing right, joined by his brother Ibrahim, left, at his majlis in September 2011 in Dubai. Charles Crowell for The National
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ABU DHABI // Soon after winning in the FNC elections, Ahmed Ahli’s social media activity slowed dramatically.

On Twitter, where he has more than 1,000 followers, he has tweeted only a handful of times since taking his spot, mostly to thank those who offered congratulations.

Mr Ahli’s preferred approach has been on the ground and through his own personal majlis in Dubai.

Although quiet in the council, he attends committee meetings regularly, particularly those going out to the field. He spoke to media students as a member of the Education, Media and Youth committee.

Currently, Mr Ahli is a member of the foreign affairs, planning and petrol, mineral resources and agriculture and fisheries committees, and the complaints and appeals committee.

Calm on the floor, he is known to be approachable.

Although former voters were not aware of his activity on the council – with many voting for him because of his respectable reputation – all of them commended his easygoing nature.

Mr Ahli has been found eager to respond to media, with a wide knowledge of the council’s current projects and work and has been a regular commentator on issues relating to youth.