Shamma Al Mazrui

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Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui (born 1993) is an Emirati politician who currently serves as Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the United Arab Emirates. In February 2016, she became the youngest government minister in the world.

Early life[edit]

Al Mazrui was born on 22 February 1993[1] in Abu Dhabi.[2] She is the daughter of Suhail Faris Ghanim Ateish Al Mazrui,[3] Chairman of Dubai Investments Board of Directors, her twin brother Ahmed Suhail Faris Al Mazrui is the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, 2017 Sword of Honor.[4]


Al Mazrui is an alumna of The International School of Choueifat, Abu Dhabi, Class of 2010.[5]

Al Mazrui has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New York University Abu Dhabi, she graduated with a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Oxford in 2015. She was the UAE's first Rhodes scholar.[6][7][8]


Al Mazrui worked in private equity in an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund and as a public policy analyst at the UAE Mission to the United Nations.[8] She also worked as an intern at the UAE Embassy in Washington D.C.[9]

Al Mazrui was appointed by Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as Minister of State for Youth Affairs in February 2016 at age 22, making her the youngest member of the UAE cabinet and the youngest government minister in the world.[8][10] She was appointed after Al Maktoum tweeted asking the UAE's universities to nominate a young person for the role,[11] she is one of eight women in the twenty-nine member Cabinet.[12][13]

Al Mazrui presides over the National Youth Council,[7][14] which brings together young professionals from a variety of backgrounds to represent the affairs of youth to the government.[15][16][17] She has also established "youth circles" which allow young people to register to participate in consultative meetings to explore significant issues such as climate change and education.[8][16][18]

In August 2016, Al Mazrui used Twitter to ask young UAE citizens to participate in a "National Programme for the Values of Emirati Youth";[19] in September 2016, she spoke about the role of youth in the Middle East at a think tank in Washington DC organised by the Atlantic Council.[20]

Institutional oversight[edit]

Al Mazrui was appointed as Chair of the Special Olympics UAE Board in 2017[21] by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates. She is also the Vice Chair of the Community and Legacy Committee of the UAE Special Olympics World Games (2019).[22]

Al Mazrui is a Board Member of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, an independent-philanthropic body which assists in public and private sector partnerships,[23] she is also a member of the Education and Human Resources Council,[24] which is chaired by Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.[25]

Al Mazrui serves as a member on the Higher National Committee of the Year of Zayed, 2018[26] and the Higher National Council of the Year of Giving (2017).[27]

Al Mazrui was named as one of the Committee members that will oversee the UAE's Year Of Tolerance, 2019[28]

Awards and honours[edit]


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  2. ^ "NYUAD Congratulates UAE Youth Minister Shamma Al Mazrui". NYU Abu Dhabi. Archived from the original on 2016-02-17.
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  6. ^ Ben Chaibah, Iman (10 February 2016). "What I Know For Sure About Shamma Al Mazrui, Our Minister of State for Youth Affairs and President of the Youth Council". Sail Magazine. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Meet the 22-yr old UAE Minister of Youth, Shamma Al Mazrui". Africa Independent Television. February 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e Hatoum, Lelia (27 April 2016). "UAE: Meet the World's Youngest Minister". Newsweek. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Meet your new ministers in UAE Cabinet". Khaleej Times. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Les Emirats arabes unis nomment une femme " ministre du bonheur "". Le Monde (in French). 11 February 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Nothing is impossible in UAE: Shamma Al Mazrui". Emirates 24. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  12. ^ "UAE names women ministers for happiness, tolerance". Times of Israel. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  13. ^ MacKenzie, Sheena (15 February 2016). "Happy days? United Arab Emirates appoints first minister of happiness". CNN. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Shamma Al Mazrouei chairs 1st meeting of Emirates Youth Council". WAM Emirates News Agency. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  15. ^ "UAE appoints 22-year-old Shamma Al Mazrui as minister". The Peninsula Qatar. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  16. ^ a b Almazroui, Ayesha (10 February 2016). "UAE a model for dynamism at a time of global uncertainty". The National. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Harnessing the power of youth". The National. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  18. ^ Zriqat, Thaer (11 August 2016). "Emirati youth in Sharjah call for action on climate challenge". The National. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Emirati youth urged to tweet about UAE's values". The National. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Shamma Al Mazrui hails UAE's investment in young people". Emirates 24 7. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
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  29. ^ a b "Picture profiles: the new members of the UAE Cabinet". The National. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.

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