Gulf state’s Minister of Energy replaced as Prime Minister announces major reshuffle
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday announced a major cabinet reshuffle that included four new ministers and a new ministry.
Among the changes was the appointment of Suhail Bin Mohammed al-Mazroui as Minister of Energy, state news agency WAM reported. He replaces Mohammed al-Hamli.
The new ministers include Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the CEO of Abu Dhabi-based Masdar, who becomes Minister of State, and Abdullah Bin Mohammed Ghobash, who also becomes Minister of State.
Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, another new minister, has been appointed Minister of Public Works. He replaces Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who becomes Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Other changes in the reshuffle have seen Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, former Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, move to become Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.
Former Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has been appointed Minister of Development and International Cooperation.
Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, former Acting Minister of Health, and Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, is now Minister of Health.
“The former team of ministers have performed their duty, serving their country,” Sheikh Mohammed announced via Twitter.
“The UAE never forgets the achievements of its loyal citizens. Such amendments are made to accelerate the pace of development in our country and to further achieve the aspirations of our people. There will be young faces with new ideas and energy to keep up with the rapid changes and to deal with our people's top priorities.”
The new cabinet in full:
Lt General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior
HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Finance Minister
HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development
His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Cooperation
HE Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs
HE Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy
HE Maryam bint Mohammed Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs
HE Humaid Bin Mohammad Al Qutami Minister of Education
HE Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health
HE Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash Minister of Labour
Dr Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs
HE Dr Hadef Bin Dhahiri Minister of Justice
HE Dr Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water
Suhail Bin Mohammed al-Mazroui, Minister of Energy
HE Abdullah Bin Mohammed Naimi, Minister of Public Works
Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs
HE Dr Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State
HE Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State
HE Sultan bin Ahmed Al-Jaber and Minister of State
HE Abdullah Bin Mohammed Ghobash Minister of State