Ohoud Al Roumi

Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi is an Emirati politician who currently is the Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing.

Early life and educationEdit

Al Roumi's father, Khalfan Mohammed Al Roumi, was a politician who served as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and Minister of Information and Culture.[1]

Al Roumi has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sharjah and a bachelor's degree in Economics from United Arab Emirates University.[2]


Al Roumi was manager of Business Research at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. She was head of Economic Policy at the Executive Office of Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.[2]

On 10 February 2016, following an unprecedented reshuffle Al Roumi was appointed Minister of Happiness of the United Arab Emirates.[3] This newly created position is to oversee the UAE's plans to promote the happiness of its society. She is one of eight female ministers in the twenty-nine member cabinet.[4]

She is also the Director General of the Prime Minister's Office, overseeing projects including government strategy, the national agenda and various awards and programs. She is Vice-President of the World Government Summit Organization and the first Arab member of the United Nations' Global Entrepreneurship Council.


  1. ^ Al Remeithi, Naser (7 April 2016). "One of UAE's 'greatest and loyal sons' Khalfan Al Roumi dies". The National UAE. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Ohood Khalfan Al-Roumi". United Nations Foundation. Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Les Emirats arabes unis nomment une femme « ministre du bonheur »". Le Monde.fr (in French). 11 February 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  4. ^ MacKenzie, Sheena (15 February 2016). "Happy days? United Arab Emirates appoints first minister of happiness". CNN. Retrieved 6 December 2016.

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