Significant Implications of the Latest Reshuffle

  • 6 July 2014

Change has its own philosophy in the United Arab Emirates and its objectives are aligned to the country’s vision of development at a given time. It doesn’t happen on its own and is the result of an inclusive strategy that leads the nation toward a transition for the better. The process imparts richness and vitality to the nation in all spheres of life. This was evident in the reshuffle of the UAE cabinet, which was ratified by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) after it was cleared by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (May God protect him).

The new reshuffle has many important implications that showcase excellence of the UAE’s development experiment and its leadership on regional and global levels. The first implication is the wise leadership’s keenness to pump new blood in this march toward national action. This is not limited to the government but extends to all other fields and is part of a steady UAE approach in view of its huge development ambitions, which require capacities, resources, and competencies. This way the UAE would become one of the best countries in the world in the 50th year of its establishment, which is the main aim of the ‘UAE Vision 2021’.

The second implication is the faith reposed by the wise leadership in the youth and their ability to shoulder responsibility in key positions. This applies to the two new ministers who just joined the government; H.E. Hussein bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, and H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice. They were both described by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as two of the UAE’S promising youth who are competent and efficient. The approach has been to open the door to the youth to assume responsibilities in different fields as part of the phase of empowerment. The third implication indicates one of the most crucial criteria determining the assignment of positions in the UAE; namely ‘efficiency and achievement’.

A quick look at the resumes of the two new ministers unequivocally asserts this criterion. They are both experts in their fields and have made numerous contributions in advancing them. They have many successes behind their names and carry innovative vision. Another dimension of this has been the keenness of women to participate in the government and they have retained their own portfolios in the new cabinet. This is partly due to the efficiency shown by the four female ministers in leading their ministries and also because of the complete faith the wise leadership has in women who must be part of the government, judiciary, diplomatic corps, parliament, and all other areas, including leadership position.