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United Arab Emirates’ 23-year-old minister of youth affairs has high aspirations for her peers

March 10, 2017 1:40 pm


They are often ignored, criticized and misunderstood, and in much of the Arab world, they are the target of misconceptions and stereotyping.

But in the United Arab Emirates, young people have a new champion. Shamma bint Suhail Faris Mazrui is the Persian Gulf nation’s minister of state for youth affairs. At 23 years old — she was 22 when appointed last year — Mazrui is believed to be the youngest government minister in the world.

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  • I don’t know about this…young people also need experience before hosting such important positions. What is her background?

  • I have lived in Dubai for some time and I think the issue with young people is that they need training and motivation. Putting a young woman in charge in such a high ranking position is not good for the youth here.

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