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This is the person tasked with putting a smile on the face of UAE residents – meet the country’s first Minister of State for Happiness.
Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi was last night named in the new role by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as he released further details of the UAE cabinet reshuffle.
Al Roumi is one of eight women handed ministerial roles in one of the biggest shake-ups of UAE government.
HH Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi was appointed to the newly-created role of Minister of State for Tolerance, while 22-year-old Shamma Al Mazrui was named in another new role – Minister of State for Youth Affairs, representing the aspirations of youth and youth issues in the government, HH Sheikh Mohammed said.
Najla bint Mohammed Al Awar, the former Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, was appointed Minister of Community Development.
Meanwhile, Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi was appointed Minister of State for General Education, and Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer of twofour54, the Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority, was made Minister of State for Federal National Council (FNC) Affairs.
In all, eight new ministers were named. Al Roumi was previously Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office in Dubai.
Hamad Al Rahoomi, an FNC member, said of the new role: “I am happy with the new position of Minister of Happiness.
It’s already sending a good message that the UAE loves to see its people happy.” Al Rahoomi added: “The minister’s job also involves coming up with new ideas and policies that would help government improve people’s wellbeing so they can have happy lives.”
The legislator added that the role would help push for better services that promote people’s welfare and ensure that all government policies and legislation add value to people’s happiness especially in providing them with quality and standard lives.
Other new appointments to the cabinet, including, Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, the UAE’s representative at the International Renewable Energy Agency, and a PhD graduate in renewable energy, who was appointed the new Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
Mohammed Al Bowardi the Defence Ministry’s former under-secretary is the new Secretary of State for Defence Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed tweeted to his 5 million followers. Dr Ahmed Belhoul will be the new Minister of State for Higher Education with a mandate to run schools and supervise the Council of Higher Education.