TIME United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Names Official ‘Minister for Happiness’

Ohood Al Roumi
AP This undated image released by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, shows Ohood Al Roumi, the Minister of State for Happiness of the United Arab Emirates

Her job is to "drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction"

The United Arab Emirates’ poet-prime minister, who’s declared that he wants to make the UAE “one of the best countries in the world” within five years, has appointed an official “minister for happiness” in a new cabinet he announced Wednesday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, a British-educated businessman and technocrat who launched Emirates Airline in 1985, became prime minister of the world’s sixth-richest country (as ranked by the World Bank) in 2006. His new cabinet includes eight women.

One of them is Ohood Al Roumi, currently director general of the prime minister’s office…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated the number of women who are in the U.A.E.’s new cabinet. There are eight female ministers.

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


YOU BROKE TIME.COM!

Dear TIME Readers,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team