UAE | Government

Cabinet reshuffled; Saif and Mansour become Deputy Prime Ministers

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a Federal Decree approving a Cabinet reshuffle.

  • WAM
  • Published: 15:35 May 11, 2009
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  • President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a Federal Decree approving a Cabinet reshuffle.

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a Federal Decree approving a Cabinet reshuffle in which Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, while Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is now Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs.

Shaikh Khalifa approved the Cabinet reshuffle, proposed by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in which Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, has also been appointed as Minister of Education while Dr Hanif Hassan Ali has been moved to the Ministry of Health.

Full List: Reshuffled Cabinet

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence.

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, Minister of Finance.

Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works.

Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade.

Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs.

Mohammad Bin Dha'en Al Hameli, Minister of Energy.

Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy.

Mariam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs.

Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, Minister of Education.

Dr Hanif Hassan, Minister of Health.

Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.

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 Bin Jua'an Al Daheri, Minister of Justice.

Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water.

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

Distinguished Leadership: History of government

First Cabinet: The first UAE Cabinet was formed on December 9, 1971. His Highness Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was then appointed Prime Minister and Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economy and Industry. The Cabinet comprised 20 ministers.

On December 21, the same year, Hamad Bin Saif Al Sharqi was appointed as the Minister of State in the first Cabinet reshuffle.

In the second reshuffle on February 19, 1972, Abdullah Bin Omran Taryam was appointed as Minister of Education and Ahmad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi as the Minister of Justice.

On May 2, 1972, Hammoda Bin Ali was appointed as the Minister of State for Interior Affairs.

On December 24, 1973, Otaiba Abdullah Al Otaiba was appointed Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs.

Second Cabinet: The second UAE Cabinet was formed and headed by Shaikh Maktoum in 1973.

His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was then appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

It was followed by a single reshuffle - Ahmad Bin Sultan Bin Saleem was appointed as the Minister of State on December 24, 1973.

Third Cabinet: The third Cabinet was formed in 1977 under Shaikh Maktoum and Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister.

Fourth Cabinet: On July 1, 1979, the fourth Cabinet was formed, and Shaikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

This was followed by four reshuffles. Fifth Cabinet The fifth Cabinet was formed under Shaikh Maktoum on November 20, 1990.

Shaikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was reappointed as Deputy Prime Minister.

Sixth Cabinet: In the sixth Cabinet formed on March 25, 1997, Shaikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was again appointed the Deputy Prime Minister.

On October 8, 2003, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

Seventh Cabinet: The seventh Cabinet is the first led by Shaikh Mohammad, who was appointed Prime Minister by the Supreme Council on January 5, 2004, following the death of Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Shaikh Mohammad formed this Cabinet on February 9, 2006, when two women assumed the portfolios of Foreign Trade and Social Affairs.

Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan replaced Rashid Abdullah as Foreign Minister.

The Information portfolio has been abolished. A new Culture, Youth and Social Development ministry was set up with Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais at its helm.

This Cabinet saw the appointment of Mariam Mohammad Khalfan Al Roumi as Minister of Social Affairs.

Other new faces included Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Mohammad Hussain Al Sha'ali, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Hanif Hassan, Minister of Education, Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Humaid Mohammad Al Qutami, Minister of Health and Dr Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water.

Five new portfolios were created. They were government sector development; social affairs; FNC affairs; environment and water; and culture, youth and social development. The ministry of communications has been abolished according to the new government structure, as has the portfolio of agriculture and fisheries as its authorities were moved to the new ministry of environment and water.

The portfolio of supreme council and GCC affairs has also been abolished.

On February 17 last year, a major reshuffle of the UAE Cabinet was announced, bringing in seven new faces to the federal government and raising the number of female ministers from two to four.

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