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UAE Cabinet reshuffle- Four fresh faces, new ministry

A major Cabinet reshuffle, replacing the Energy Minister, creating Ministry of Development and International Cooperation and merging of Economy and Foreign Trade ministries, was approved by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Shaikh Khalifa wished the new ministers success in their duties, and expressed his  gratitude to them for the efforts they have exerted in the service of their nation.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,  on Tuesday  announced the Cabinet reshuffle, the second to the seventh Cabinet formed in 2006.

Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who has been Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research for more than 20 years, has been named Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development in the Cabinet reshuffle. The new Cabinet members  include, Suhail Bin Mohammad Al Mazroui, who will head the Ministry of Energy, replacing Mohammad Al  Hameli, who has left the Cabinet.

Among the new faces are Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, the CEO of Abu Dhabi-based Masdar, who becomes Minister of State, and Abdullah Bin Mohammad Gobash, who also becomes Minister of State.

Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Nuaimi, another new minister, has been appointed Minister of Public Works. He replaces Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who  was appointed Minister of Higher Education and  Scientific Research.

Former Minister of Foreign Trade Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi has been appointed Minister of Development and International Cooperation, a newly created portfolio.

Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad Al Owais, former Acting Minister of Health, and Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, is now Minister of Health.

   
The new cabinet is as follows:

    Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior
    Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs
    Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum: Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance
    Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan: Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan: Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development
    Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan: Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
    Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi: Minister of Development and International Cooperation
    Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi: Minister of Cabinet Affairs
    Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri: Minister of Economy
    Mariam Al Roumi: Minister of Social Affairs
    Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami: Minister of Education
    Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais: Minister of Health
    Saqr Gobash Saeed Gobash: Minister of Labour
    Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs
    Dr Hadef Jua’an Al Daheri: Minister of Justice
    Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd: Minister of Environment and Water
    Suhail Mohammad Al Mazroui: Minister of Energy
    Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi: Minister of Public Works
    Obaid Humaid Al Tayer: Minister of State for Financial Affairs
    Dr Maitha Salem Al Shamsi: Minister of State
    Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi: Minister of State
    Sultan Mohammad Al Jaber: Minister of State
    Abdullah Mohammad Saeed Gobash: Minister of State
    Dr Mohammad Bin Dha'en Al Hameli, previously the Minister of Energy, was the only person to leave the Cabinet.