Abu Dhabi probes appointment of baby as Happiness Exec

Public Prosecution Office summons government official to explain footage that went viral on social media
By Staff writer
Wed 25 Apr 2018 03:48 PM

The Public Prosecution Office of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department on Wednesday summoned a government official to explain the appointment of an eight-month old baby boy as one of the UAE's Happiness Executives.

The general prosecution said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM that the footage, which went viral on social media, indicated that the baby has been appointed in an "entertainment" role.

It added that it sees the need to "investigate the case with the concerned authority".

The video reportedly showed the baby in traditional clothing described as General Civil Aviation Authority's youngest employee, AP later reported

After the video was posted, complaints started to roll in, the newswire said, adding that the video was later removed.

Last year, it was announced that dozens of young UAE nationals will receive intensive training to become the UAE’s first generation of “chief happiness and positivity officers”.

The 60 chosen candidates underwent a practical, comprehensive and intense training programme to represent federal and local government entities.

The Happiness and Positivity Training Programme is the first initiative of its kind in the world and part of the UAE’s National Programme for Happiness and Positivity.

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Last Updated: Wed 25 Apr 2018 08:05 PM GST

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