April 27th Issue

UAE: Meet the World’s Youngest Minister

UAE's youth minister Shamma Al Mazrui on the challenges she faces and how she is building bridges between her generation and the government By Leila Hatoum EARLIER this year in February, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum appointed Shamma Al Mazrui as the country’s youth minister. The news would have been like any other cabinet shuffle, had it not been for the fact that UAE’s 22-year-old Mazrui had become the world’s youngest minister. Two years after graduating from the New York University (NYU)-Abu Dhabi with a degree in economics, and just after she’d earned her Master’s from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Mazrui was selected to lead the country’s younger generation and forge links between them and the country’s public entities. In a resource-rich region where tens of millions of people under the age of 25 are unemployed, and where (Read More)

Inside Cover

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Features

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Jordan: Power Plays

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Down Time

Kabul Calling

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