Prime minister announces via Twitter privatisation of government services and creation of new ministerial positions.
The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates has announced that the country will privatise some government services as well as create a state minister position devoted to ensuring the happiness of its citizens.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, made the comments on Twitter after appearing at the World Government Summit being hosted by the emirate.
He announced that some government ministries would be merged, while a minister of state position would be created to oversee tolerance in a country that is home to many faiths and ethnicities.
A new post, Minister of State for Happiness, will align and drive government policy to create social good and satisfaction.#WorldGovSummit
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 8, 2016
“It is a beginning of a new journey of achievement and giving to the people and we ask Allah to help us to serve and take care of them,” one message read.
The series of tweets sent out to coincide with the summit did not offer a time-frame for when the plans would be implemented.
However, they come amid a push by Sheikh Mohammed, 66, focused on happiness in his emirate, which is known for its futuristic skyscrapers and a liberal disposition.