UAE Names Ministers of Happiness, Tolerance

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February 9, 2016

The heads of state in the United Arab Emirates wants the nation to be a leader in happiness. To that end, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum announced the creation of a Minister of Happiness.

The sheikh, who is the ruler of UAE member Dubai, also said that the UAE government would soon also include a Minister of Tolerance, with that person tasked with promoting tolerance as a fundamental value.

The sheikh made the announcement on Twitter, in conjunction with the World Government Summit, which is taking place in the UAE. The ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the UAE’s president.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the most well-known of the seven emirates that make up the UAE. The other five are Ajman, Faujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.

The creation of two new Cabinet-level posts in the UAE were part of a government reorganization that included a new designation for the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, which will update its name a bit to become the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and The Future. As well, the new government will feature a consolidation that has yet to be announced. Reports said that the government planned to outsource many government services.

In addition, the government announced the creation of a Youth National Council, to be headed by a woman 22 or younger.

The rulers of the UAE are serious about their place in the world and their ability to bring enjoyment to tourists and residents alike, as evidenced by the many well-known tourist attractions and publicized national events.

The UAE has the world’s largest indoor ski slope, the world’s fastest roller coast,er an island that looks like a palm tree, and some of the world’s tallest buildings, including the Burj Khalifa.

In one very much publicized event recently, the UAE organized a world record-setting double-bill, featuring the highest number of people eating cereal in one place at the world’s largest breakfast table.

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