When a ministry is established, it only makes sense that a minister is appointed. However, how many times do you hear of a Ministry of Happiness? Well, the United Arab Emirates just appointed a Minister of State for Happiness in the person of Ohood Al Roumi’s. Only a country like the UAE can pull up such a stunt and make the announcement the way the Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum did, taking to his Twitter handle to announce the appointment.
According to the ruler of Dubai, “National happiness isn’t a wish. Plans, projects, programmes, indices will inform the work of our ministries to achieve happiness” pic.twitter.com/1Omrzc9b8F — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 10, 2016. Before her appointment as the minister in charge of the happiness of the people of UAE, Al Roumi was the director-general of the prime minister’s office and she will continue to hold the position even with her recent appointment. She was also selected last year by the United Nations Foundation as a member of its Global Entrepreneurship Council, the first Arab to become a member of the body.
The aim of creating the ministry and subsequently appointing the minister according to Sheikh Mohammed is to align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfation. UAE was ranked number 40 on the World Happiness Report released in 2015 and this move is definitely aimed to rank higher in the coming years even if the country is already ranked higher than the UK.
The top five happiest countries in the world according to the report in 2015 are Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and Canada and one can expect to see the UAE break into this list with the moves made to make the people happier.