United Arab Emirates Appoints ‘Minister for Happiness’

Published in Lifestyle | Thursday, 11 February 2016
United Arab Emirates Appoints ‘Minister for Happiness’

British-educated Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, has appointed a “Minister for Happiness” with the aim of making the UAE "one of the best countries in the world" within 5 years. This was announced on Wednesday as Sheikh Mohammed was introducing his new cabinet which now includes 5 women including the current Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office Ohood Al Roumi, who will take up the position of “Minister for Happiness”.

According to NBC News Sheikh Mohammed declared that Al Roumi will “align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction”, and “Happiness in the UAE is not just a hope, there will plans, projects, programmes and indicators.”

Sheikh Mohammed, known as the “Poet-Prime-Minister”, has promised to make happiness “part of our lifestyle” in the UAE, and has dedicated the sentiment in his latest poem “Happiest Nation”.

Our people are happy and in their prime,
Since the days of Zayed till the end of time.
Blessed with honor and dignity they thrive,
Admonished by none, they lead a joyous revive.
While some struggle with obstacles and strain,
Our people are sheltered from agony and pain.
Their children wrapped in peace, they do not fear,
For their wishes and desires, they need not shed a tear.
They live in justice, their dreams fulfilled,
Not chasing illusions, their visions instilled.

More poems can be found on the website of the prime minister’s office.

[via NBC News]