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Thursday, 11 February 2016

United Arab Emirates names official 'Minister for Happiness'

The United Arab Emirates' poet-prime minister, who's declared that he wants to make the UAE "one of the best countries in the world" within five years, has appointed an official "minister for happiness" in a new cabinet he announced Wednesday.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, a British-educated businessman and technocrat who launched Emirates Airline in 1985, became prime minister of the world's sixth-richest country (as ranked by the World Bank) in 2006.
His new cabinet includes five women.

One of them is Ohood Al Roumi, currently director general of the prime minister's office. She will assume the new post of minister of state for happiness. Al Roumi, former head of economic policy for the UAE emirate of Dubai, will remain in her current post, as well.
Al Roumi will "align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction," said Sheikh Mohammed, who declared: "Happiness in the UAE is not just a hope, there will be plans, projects, programmes and indicators."

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