The United Arab Emirates’ Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum has announced the creation of two ministerial posts for happiness and tolerance as part of the “largest structural change” in the UAE’s history.
According to the Emirati ruler, the Minister of State for Happiness will be mandated with aligning and driving government policy “to create social good and satisfaction,” while the Minister of State for Tolerance is expected to “promote tolerance as a fundamental value in UAE society.”
Sheikh Mohammed also announced several other changes and additions to the Emirates’ government, including merging the ministries of education and higher education and the appointment of a 22-year-old woman Minister of State to lead the newly formed UAE Youth National Council.
أختم معكم حوار المستقبل ..وهو بداية لرحلة جديدة من الإنجاز والعطاء لشعب وفيّ نسأل الله أن يعيننا على خدمته وإسعاده #القمة_العالمية_للحكومات
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 8, 2016
Translation: I conclude with you this dialogue on the future. It is the beginning of a new journey of achievement and giving to a loyal people, we ask Allah to help us to serve them and make them happy #WorldGovSummit
Altogether, the new government structure will have fewer ministries but more ministers, which Sheikh Mohammed said will allow the ministers to “manage changing and dynamic strategic portfolios.”
The overhaul announcement coincided with the World Government Summit, currently being held in Dubai, where 3,000 world leaders, government officials and intellectuals have gathered to discuss “the best ways to develop the future of government, based on the latest developments and future trends in government.”