By Gavin Gibbon
Nine women among Cabinet selected to drive post-Covid-19 recovery across country
Plans to streamline the structure of the UAE Government have been approved by the country’s president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The changes were announced on Sunday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, through a series of posts on Twitter.
It will see the appointment of nine women to senior positions with the government and the mergers of around 50 percent of federal authorities with other authorities or ministries; as well as the appointment of new ministers of state and CEOs of specialised sectors.
New ministries include the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, which will develop the country’s industrial sector. Three ministers will also be appointed under the Ministry of Economy, as well as a Minister of State for Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence and Remote Work Applications while a UAE Government Media Office will be established.
The move also includes the closure of 50 percent of government service centres, which will be transformed into digital platforms within two years.
1. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence
2. H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior
3. H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs
4. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Cabinet Member and Minister of Finance
5. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
6. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence
7. Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future
8. Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Minister of Federal Supreme Council Affairs
9. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Cabinet Member, Minister of Health and Prevention and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs
10. Dr. Anwar bin Mohammad Gargash, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
11. Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Financial Affairs
12. Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation
13. Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Cabinet Member and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure
14. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Climate Change and the Environment
15. Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Cabinet Member and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology
16. Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Justice
17. Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Education
18. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Defence Affairs
19. Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Culture and Youth
20. Jameela bint Salem Al Muheiri, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Public Education
21. Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Cabinet Member and Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation
22. Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Cabinet Member and Minister of Community Development
23. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Cabinet Member and Minister of Economy
24. Dr. Maitha bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State
25. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs
26. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade
27. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and The Future
28. Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs
29. Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State
30. Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security
31. Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology
32. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Teleworking Applications
33. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State
Mohammed Sultan Al Obaidli, Head of Legal Affairs
Mohammed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security
Saeed Al-Attar, Head of Government Media Office,
Hoda Al Hashemi, Head of Government Strategy and Innovation
Hamad Al-Mansoori, Head of the Digital Government
Mohammed Bin Taleya, Head of Government Services
Sheikh Mohammed said: "Our objective is to create a government with faster decision-making capacities that is capable of keeping pace with the latest developments, making the most of opportunities, and addressing this new era of our history, and a flexible government that aims to continue the nation’s achievements."
The move comes as part of the UAE Government’s ‘Preparations for the Post-Covid-19 Period’, which was discussed remotely at a meeting in May and saw the participation of 100 government officials, international experts and researchers.
''The new government has one year to achieve its new priorities. Continuous changes will be the headline of the new phase until we achieve the best governance model for the new era; and until we achieve a government that fulfils the ambitions of the Emirati people,” he added.