- Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates creates two new ministries; ministry for happiness and tolerance
- Ministries to cater for social good and satisfaction of citizens
- UAE also looking up setting up a youth council, to be headed by a youth
The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the creation of two ministries to drive policy and create social good and satisfaction.
These two ministries are ministries of state for happiness and tolerance respectively. The move is part of a major government shake-up.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, said the minister would drive policy "to create social good and satisfaction".
Sheikh Mohammed said several ministries would also be merged and unveiled plans to outsource most government services.
"Governments must be flexible. We don't need more ministries, but more ministers capable of dealing with change," he said at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday. We want a young and flexible government that will fulfill our youth's aspirations and achieve our people's ambitions."
The minister of state for tolerance would promote the virtue "as a fundamental value in UAE society", Sheikh Mohammed tweeted. The prime minister also announced the creation of a UAE Youth National Council whose role will be to offer advise to the government on youth issues and be led by a female minister of state for youth no older than 22, he said, adding: "The energy of youth will fuel our government in future."