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Cabinet reshuffle creates new trade ministry

UAE names new economy and labour ministers, women in cabinet doubled to four.

The UAE created a new foreign trade ministry and doubled its number of women ministers to four in a cabinet reshuffle on Sunday.

Social Affairs Minister Maryam Al-Rumi retains her post, with two other women named as ministers of state: Maitha Al-Shamsi, assistant to the deputy head of UAE University for scientific research, and Reem Al-Hashemi, who served as deputy ambassador to Washington and assistant to the foreign minister.

Labour minister Ali Al-Kaabi is replaced by the UAE ambassador to Washington, Saqr Gubash, who previously served as an undersecretary at the ministry of interior and the ministry of information and culture.

Chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Obaid Al-Tayer, enters the cabinet as minister of state for financial affairs.

Energy Minister Mohammed Al-Hamli retains his post.

The move creates three new ministries of state, Wam reported.

The Ministry of State for Cabinet Affairs becomes the Ministry for Cabinet Affairs, to which the former Government Sector Development Ministry will be attached.

Industrial affairs at the former Ministry of Finance and Industry, has been shifted to the Ministry of Economy.

The new Minister of State for Foreign Affairs retains his portfolio as Minister of State for Federal National Council (FNC) Affairs.

Government efficiency, transparency and teamwork would be improved by the reshuffle, said vice president and prime minister of the UAE, ruler of Dubai and defence minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

"We want a modern and effective cabinet with a greater consistency and abilities to improve functioning of the government as a whole and to accelerate development processes," he said.

The full list of Cabinet members, headed by Sheikh Mohammed is as follows:

Deputy prime minister: Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Deputy prime minister: Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Minister of finance: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Minister of interior: Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Minister of presidential affairs: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Minister of foreign affairs: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Minister of higher education and scientific research: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
Minister of public works: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
Minister of foreign trade: Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
Minister of cabinet affairs: Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi
Minister of energy: Mohammed bin Dhaen Al Hamli
Minister of economy: Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri
Minister of social affairs: Maryam Al Roumi
Minister of education: Dr Hanif Hassan Ali
Minister of health: Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami
Minister of culture: Abdul Rehman Al Owais
Minister of justice: Dr. Hadef bin Jua'an Al Dhaheri
Minister of environment and water: Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad
Minister of labour: Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash
Minister of state for foreign affairs: Moahmmed Anwar Gargash
Minister of State for Financial Affairs: Obaid Humaid Al Tayer
Minister of state: Dr Maitha Salem Al Shamsi
Minister of state: Dr Khalifa Bakheet Al Falasi
Minister of state: Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimi

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Firozali A. Mulla MBA PhD 12 years ago

A brilliant idea to have the lady in the Chamber as the saying goes, "We have to have women in trade. They will, will, reduce the cost of living”, as they know it is stacked in the kitchen and for how much. Superb news in Dubai.