UAE appoints ministers for happiness, tolerance, youth

United Arab Emirates appoints women as state ministers for happiness, tolerance and youth

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Ohood Al Roumi who has been appointed as UAE's Minister of State for Happiness, is seen in this undated handout photo.

United Arab Emirates has announced the name of Minister of State for Happiness as Ohood Al Roumi, which has just been appointed along with state ministers for tolerance and youth.

The UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum declared the new cabinet on Wednesday via his official Twitter account.

"Happiness in our nation is not a wish .. but there will be plans, projects and programs and indicators .. and it will be part of the work of all our ministries .. and a part of our way of life," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

The former development and international cooperation minister Sheikha Lubna al Qassimi was appointed as state minister for tolerance.

Twenty-two year old, Western-educated Shama al Mazroui was made state minister for youth affairs.

Western-educated Shama al-Mazroui, 22, who was made UAE's state minister for youth affairs, is seen in this undated handout photo. (Reuters)

Sheikh Mohammed told earlier this week that he had plans to outsource most government tasks to the private sector and cuts to the number of ministers.

The statement came as energy-rich Gulf Arab states have been hit by low oil prices, encouraging them to streamline institutions and attract more foreign investment.

The cabinet lineup left the same figures in the critical portfolios of finance, economy, energy, defence and foreign affairs.

"The new lineup is a new stage whose headline is the future ... the youth ... happiness ... developing education ... and dealing with climate change to protect our environment," Sheikh Mohammed said.

The UAE, which has one of the highest levels of GDP per capita in the Arab world, is regarded as a centre of stability in a region beset by turmoil and where public devotion to the rulers is high and little dissent is tolerated.

It is home to the glitzy emirate of Dubai, which transformed from a desert backwater to a global financial hub, where thousands of Arab expatriates flock to seek professional and intramural opportunities not available in as much supply in other unstable Arab countries.

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