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His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday, announced the UAE's 29-person cabinet, which now includes nine women.
There are eight new faces in the cabinet, including five women. The average age of the new cabinet members is 38, reflecting the UAE's shift towards including youth in government.
Eight new ministers - five of them women - have been named as members of the UAE's cabinet by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. With the new additions, the UAE's 29-member cabinet now includes a total of nine women. With an average age of 38 years, the new additions represent a shift towards youth and a nod towards the future within the UAE's government."The new cabinet focuses on the future, youth, happiness, developing education, and combating cli-mate change," Shaikh Mohammed said in a tweet, adding that His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, had approved the changes. The announcements come just two days after Shaikh Mohammed announced a new, smaller, more streamlined structure for the federal government, which, he noted, is "comprised of less ministries but more ministers handling national, strategic and dynamic files".Among the changes was the creation of a new post - the Minister of State for Happiness - which will now be filled by Ohood Al Roumi, who will also continue in her role as Director General of the Prime Minister's Office. "National happiness isn't a wish. Plans, projects, programmes, indices will inform the work of our ministries to achieve happiness," Shaikh Mohammed noted.Another new post, the Minister of State for Tolerance, is to be filled by Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, who currently serves as Minister for International Cooperation and Development. "We hope she will play both a local and regional role," Shaikh Mo-hammed said of the appointment. The youngest new face in the cabinet is 22-year-old Oxford and NYU-Abu Dhabi graduate Shamma Al Mazrui, who has been named Minister of State for Youth Affairs. Shaikh Mohammed noted that as head of the Youth Council, Al Maz-ruin will "represent the hopes of our youth".
12th UAE Cabinet:
1.Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Defence.
2.Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.
3.Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
4.Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Finance
5.Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
6.Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development
7.Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance
8.Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Future.
9.Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy
10.Dr Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention.
11.Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation
12.Dr Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
13.Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs.
14.Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation.
15.Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy
16.Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education
17.Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development
18.Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice
19.Najla bint Mohammed Al Awar, Minister of Community Development
20.Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs
21.Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment
22.Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for General Education
23.Dr Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education
24.Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State
25.Dr Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State
26.Dr Rashid bin Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of State
27.Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness
28.Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs
29.Shamma bint Sohail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs
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