United Arab Emirates Picks Woman As First Minister For Happiness

A woman will lead the United Arab Emirates' attempt to secure happiness for its citizens after being named the country's first ever minister of state for happiness.

Ohood Al Roumi's appointment to the position was announced on Wednesday via Twitter by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the prime minister, ruler of Dubai and the vice president of the UAE.

"National happiness isn't a wish. Plans, projects, programmes, indices will inform the work of our ministries to achieve happiness," he wrote on his official Twitter page.

Al Roumi will also continue serving as the director-general of the prime minister's office, a position she currently holds.

Along with her roles in the UAE, the United Nations Foundation selected Al Roumi last year to be a member of its Global Entrepreneurship Council. She is the first Arab member of the body.

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