By Sarah Townsend
Approval follows appointment of Ohood Al Roumi as Minister of Happiness in cabinet reshuffle last month
The UAE has adopted a 100-day plan to boost happiness and positivity, as set out by the country’s newly appointed Minister for Happiness.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced on Twitter that Ohood Al Roumi’s strategy had been approved.
In a series of tweets, he said: “Today we adopted the National Programme for Happiness and Positivity. Our ultimate goal as a government is for happiness as a way of life.
“The programme will feature several initiatives spread across three areas: happiness in government policies, programmes and services; promotion of positivity and happiness as a lifestyle in the community; and development of benchmarks and ways to measure happiness.
“All government policies, programmes and services must help instill happiness and positivity in society. The role of government is to create the suitable environment for individuals, families, employees to be happy and positive.
“All our ministries and public entities must be [a] beacon of happiness in their policies, programmes, services and environment.”
According to The National, the programme will emphasise transforming public service centres into ‘public happiness centres’ with ‘dedicated employees to ensure happiness of all clients’.
A measurement method for happiness and positivity, a guide for customer happiness, and scientific and cultural publications are also part of the plan.
Minister of Happiness Al Roumi was appointed in February as a part of the biggest shake-up of the UAE government in its history. A Minister of Tolerance was also created for the first time, and a new Minister of Youth.
In the first meeting of the newly appointed cabinet last month, Sheikh Mohammed asked ministers to prepare a 100-day work plan to progress its aims and objectives.
He said: “Our goal is to expedite progress. Today, countries and governments are measured not by size but by their speed. I want you to be in the field with the people, addressing challenges and hammering out solutions and make a real change in government work.”
Such incredible visionary thinking! Thank you your Highness. It will be interesting to see what is implemented, but half the battle has been already fought by simply identifying this, as a goal. Well done!
Does it involve dropping my municipality tax in my DEWA bills for that 100 days? That would make me happy.