Al Qasimi named economy minister

First-ever woman is named to UAE cabinet

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By  Elizabeth Drachman Published  November 2, 2004

In an historic move this week, the United Arab Emirates has named the first ever woman to the position of Minister of Economy and Planning. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, managing director of Tejari.com, was named to the post as part of a cabinet reshuffle decreed by President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Al Qasimi manages Tejari, an online trading company with a client list that includes the Dubai Chamber if Commerce, Compaq, Oracle and the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. One of the leading forces for digital government efforts, Al Qasimi heads the Dubai e-government team. The shuffle also saw the oil minister being replaced. The reshuffle merged the oil, electricity and water ministries under one portfolio headed by veteran oil man Mohamed bin Al Dhaen Al Hamili as the new minister of energy. Hamili, 51, studied at the Harvard Business School and was director of marketing and refining at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. He succeeds Obaid bin Saif Al Nasseri who was appointed oil minister in 1997.

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