IMAGINE!: UAE appoints 22-year old as Minister for Youth affairs, also names Minister for Happiness, Tolerance


The other day, it was the new Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, that made sense by appointing ‘square pegs for square holes’…Now, these Dubai people haff come… The world is moving on,  the people are thinking, unfortunately, we are ‘blush-lessly’ stuck buying “alabukun powder for our geriatric knees”. Selah

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday named Shamma Al Mazroui, a 22-year-old Oxford graduate, as the minister of state for youth affairs.

“After discussion with my brother Mohammed bin Zayed and the approval of the President, we hereby announce the new UAE cabinet,” Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said on Twitter.

“The new cabinet focuses on the future, youth, happiness, developing education, and combating climate change.”

UAE appointed ministers for tolerance and happiness, adding that happiness is not just a wish, it is a process that must be planned and worked out.

“We have appointed Lubna bint Khaled al Qasimi as minister of state for tolerance. We hope she will play both a local and regional role.

“Thani Al-Zeyoudi as minister of climate change and environment. At 32, with a PhD in renewable energy. Ohood Al Roumi as minister of state for happiness. She remains responsible as DG of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ohood Al Roumi, UAE minister of state for happiness “National happiness isn’t a wish. Plans, projects, programs, indices will inform the work of our ministries to achieve happiness”.

In Nigeria, the average age of the country’s ministers is 53, the youngest being 48-year-old minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun. Nigerians on Twitter are reiterating their discontent with the situation in Nigeria where at 51, the country’s minister for youth and sports, Solomon Dalung, is about 29 years older than his UAE counterpart.


Mohammed bin Rashid: Vice President and Prime Minister and Minister of Defence

Saif bin Zayed: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior

Mansour bin Zayed: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs

Hamdan bin Rashid: Cabinet Member and Minister of Finance

Abdullah bin Zayed: Cabinet Member, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Nahyan bin Mubarak: Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development

Lubna Al Qasimi: Minister of State for Tolerance

Mohammed Al Gergawi: Cabinet Member, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Future

Saeed Al Mansouri: Cabinet Member, Minister of Economy

Abdulrahman Al Owais: Cabinet Member, Minister of Health and Disease Prevention

Saqr Ghobash: Cabinet Member, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation

Anwar Gargash: Cabinet Member, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs

Obaid Al Tayer: Cabinet Member, Minister of State for Financial Affairs

Reem Al Hashimy: Cabinet Member, Minister of State for International Cooperation

Suhail Al Mazrouei: Cabinet Member, Minister of Energy

Hussain Al Hammadi: Cabinet Member, Minister of Education

Abdullah bin Mohammed Belheif Al Nuaimi: Cabinet Member, Minister of Infrastructural Development

Saeed Al Baadi: Cabinet Member, Minister of Justice Najla bint

Mohammed Al Awar: Cabinet Member, Minister of Social Development

Mohammed Al Bowardi: Cabinet Member, Minister of State for Defence Affairs

Thani Al Zeyoudi: Cabinet Member, Minister of Climate Change and Environment

Jameel Musabah Al Muhairi: Cabinet Member, Minister of State for Public Education Affairs

Ahmed Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi: Cabinet Member, Minister of State for Higher Education Affairs

Sultan Al Jaber: Cabinet Member, Minister of State

Maitha Al Shamsi: Minister of State Rashid bin Fahd: Minister of State

Ohood Al Roumi: Minister of State for Happiness

Noura Al Kaabi: Cabinet Member, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs

Shamma Al Mazroui: Minister of State for Youth Affairs



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