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Abu Dhabi Shows Increased Happiness and Satisfaction Rates

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


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The Department of Community Development (DCD) in Abu Dhabi announced that the Emirate shows increased happiness and satisfaction rates after analysing the quality of life indicators.

This was announced on a day that coincides with the International Day of Happiness, on 20th March. It is considered one of the most important days declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) recognising the importance of happiness as a key driver of the community, economy, and sustainable development.

According to WAM, Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the DCD, stated that caring for the community and enhancing the lifestyle leads to a better quality of life and happiness. He also stated that happiness should be considered one of the main factors for society’s well-being, in addition to socio-economic indicators.

The happiness and well-being index is one of the key quality of life indicators, which includes two basic criteria – life satisfaction and happiness. The results showed an increase in the happiness index by 7.8 percent, from 7.17 to 7.727 points out of 10.

The life satisfaction index increased by 6.68 percent, from 6.68 to 7.1258 points. The work-life balance index (satisfied and very satisfied) saw an increase of up to 16 percent, from 36.6 percent to 52.6 percent. The overall residence satisfaction in the Abu Dhabi index (satisfied and very satisfied) increased from 67.9 percent to 69.8 percent, while the satisfaction with the current housing income index increased from 33 percent to 38.5 percent.

Al Khaili added, “The UAE and its wise leadership strive to solidify the concept of happiness and social well-being in citizens and residents. This has led the UAE to become one of the most prominent countries in achieving the highest levels of satisfaction and happiness. The DCD conducts periodic studies and annual surveys to identify society's needs and ambitions to boost development on par with the department’s vision to achieve a dignified life for all community members.”

As per WAM’s report, the UAE maintained its highest ranking among Arab countries for the 7th consecutive year in the World Happiness Report 2021. It is also continuing its global advancement and leading many advanced countries and economies, according to the annual report that the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases.

The DCD Chairman stressed that the growth witnessed in indicators of happiness and quality of life reflect the department's interest in improving the quality of life for the Abu Dhabi community, in line with government directives to boost citizens and residents’ happiness and satisfaction by providing a decent standard of living for all community members.

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