Ohood Al Roumi was sworn into the post this week, one of eight female ministers in the Persian Gulf nation’s 29-member Cabinet.
So just what does a minister of happiness do? Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Prime Minister and the ruler of Dubai, spelled out his vision in a series of tweets, saying the new position will help create social good.
Al Roumi will be joined by a new minister of tolerance, Sheikha Lubna bint Khaled al Qasimi, previously the minister of foreign trade, who became the UAE’s first female minister in 2004.
Also joining their ranks will be Shamma AlMazrui, 22, the new minister of youth affairs.