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UAE cabinet restructured

(Wam) / 2 November 2004

ABU DHABI — The President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has issued last night a decree on the restructuring of the cabinet.

The move followed suggestion made by His Highness Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

According to the decision, a new Ministry of Presidential Affairs has been created, while some ministries have been merged together.

The Ministry of Education and Youth has been merged with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to form a single ministry under the name of the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Economy has been merged with the Ministry of Planning to form Ministry of Economy and Planning. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources have been merged with the Ministry of Electricity and Water to form the Ministry of Energy.

Additional responsibilities have been added to a number of ministries, including the Ministry of State for Supreme Council Affairs, which now has an additional responsibility of AGCC affairs. This gives the ministry a new name of Ministry of Supreme Council and AGCC Affairs.

The decree appointed Major-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan as Interior Minister, Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan as Minister of Presidential Affairs, Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan as Minister of Education, Shaikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan as Minister of Public Works and Shaikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi as Minister of Supreme Council and AGCC Affairs.

The decree also appointed Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Executive Chairperson of Tejari.com, the Middle East online market place, as Minister of Economy and Planning, Mohammed bin Dha’en Al Hamili as Minister of Energy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri as Minister of Communications and Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Ka’abi as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.

The new cabinet headed by Shaikh Maktoum is:

1. Shaikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister

2. Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Finance and Industry

3. General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Defence

4. Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

5. Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Interior Minister

6. Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Presidential Affairs

7. Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture

8. Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education

9. Shaikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works

10. Shaikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Minister for Supreme Council and AGCC Affairs

11. Rashid Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Foreign Minister

12. Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, Minister of Health

13. Saeed Khalfan Al Ghaith, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs

14. Saeed Mohammed Al Raghabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

15. Mohammed Nakhira Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Auqaf

16. Dr Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash, Minister of State for Finance and Industrial Affairs

17. Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister for Economy and Planning

18. Mohammed bin Zaen Al Hamli, Minister of Energy

19. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Communication

20. Dr Ali bin Abdulla Al Kaabi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.

 
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