Now UAE to have ‘Minister of State for Happiness’ for citizens, says Dubai ruler

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the UAE's prime minister, made the comments on Twitter after appearing at the World Government Summit being hosted in his city-state.

By: AP | Dubai | Updated: February 10, 2016 3:55 pm
File photo of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (Source: Twitter) File photo of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (Source: Twitter)

Dubai’s ruler said Monday the United Arab Emirates will privatize some government services in the oil-rich country, as well as create a state minister position devoted to ensuring the happiness of its citizens.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the UAE’s prime minister, made the comments on Twitter after appearing at the World Government Summit being hosted in his city-state. He also announced that some government ministries would be merged, while also creating a minister of state position to oversee tolerance in a country that is home to many faiths and ethnicities.

“It is a beginning of a new journey of achievement and giving to the people and we ask Allah to help us to serve and take care of them,” one message read.

The series of tweets sent out to coincide with the summit did not offer a timeframe for when the plans would be implemented. However, they come amid a months long push by the 66-year-old ruler focused on happiness in his emirate, which is known for its futuristic skyscrapers and a liberal disposition compared to the rest of the largely conservative Arabian Peninsula.

The United Arab Emirates is a federation composed of seven autonomously ruled emirates. The ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, serves as the country’s president. In his tweets Monday night, Sheikh Mohammed said the changes in the federal government came after he consulted with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince.

This isn’t the first time Sheikh Mohammed has turned to Twitter to make a major announcement. Last week, he posted messages to Twitter saying he wanted a young person under 25 to serve as a UAE government minister to oversee youth issues.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:32 am
    Is He Mad?
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      Rajesh
      Feb 10, 2016 at 5:28 pm
      Minister of Happiness? What if the people say that they will be happy when you stupid Sheikhs get lost and UAE becomes a democracy?
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        kulaputra kulaputra
        Feb 11, 2016 at 2:36 am
        No and would not want to go either if I can help it
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          kulaputra kulaputra
          Feb 11, 2016 at 2:37 am
          Happiness with all bans on what makes people happy. Ministry for sadness is more appropriate ?
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            michelle_vedic_human
            Feb 10, 2016 at 6:25 pm
            Minister of happiness of people of all FAITH????,----first this minister should make happy it's own faith,---woman are hidden under BURQA from head to toe 24hrs,----they hide their women under burqa and yet filth around with women of all other different faith,====wait until a Hindu pulls one of his women's burqa and see how he tolerates of being a minister of happiness.
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              vinay
              Feb 10, 2016 at 4:07 pm
              First stop covering your ladies with Hijab. If you wished all girl child would be born with hijab. Happiness does not reside in a mind infected with doubt.
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