ShammaThe prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced recently the establishment of a minister of state for happiness and tolerance as part of a new cabinet shakeup.

Shamma Al Mazrui was on Wednesday appointed as the youth minister in the new cabinet. She will also preside over the Youth National Council.

Shamma is 22 years old and hold a Master’s degree from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.

Sheikh Mohammed said: “We will give the council prerogatives and we expect true achievements from her and her council.”

“Youth represents some half of our Arab societies, so it is only logical to give them a voice and role in governing the nation.”

“Youth have hopes and dreams, issues and challenges; they are the reason why societies prosper or fail. They are our hope for the future. Our young country was built by the hands and achievements of youth. Youth is our strength and speed and is our treasure for the future.”