Her Excellency Ohood Al Roumi


Her Excellency Ohood Al Roumi is the United Arab Emirates’ first ever Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing. Her responsibility is to ensure that happiness and positivity become a lifestyle in the UAE and ‘The National Happiness and Positivity Programme’ unites the UAE community. In 2017, Her Excellency Ohood Al Roumi was ranked as number 36 in the top 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine.

Her Excellency Ohood Al Roumi holds two positions in the United Arab Emirates Government, Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing.

The ministry is promoting and implementing plans in line with the UAE’s National Happiness and Positivity Programme to increase the happiness of  UAE society to become one of the happiest nations in the world. In order to achieve this, all ministry staff study the science of wellbeing and positive psychology and convert this research into applied reforms for the nation.

The programme sets government policies, programmes and services that could promote virtues of positive lifestyle in the community and a plan for the development of a happiness index to measure people’s satisfaction. The programme will include Emiratis as well as expatriate residents and visitors and seeks to encourage government and private sectors to launch, recommend and adopt initiatives.

The programme covers three areas:

  1. inclusion of happiness in the policies, programmes and services of all government bodies and at work
  2. promotion of positivity and happiness as a lifestyle in the community
  3. development of benchmarks and tools to measure happiness.


“Happiness is a journey focused on all segments of the UAE society, and the role of government is to create an enabling environment to achieve this goal.” – Her Excellency Ohood Al Roumi

In 2017, Fortune magazine ranked Her Excellency Ohood Al Roumi as one of the 50 greatest world leaders.