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Happiness and positivity survey unveiled

07 December 2016

The first-of-its-kind national survey was launched in Dubai yesterday by the Government of UAE to measure happiness and positivity across the country, identify priority and the source of happiness for society.

The survey also aims to create a database of the results to help local and federal government entities in developing legislation policies, plans and services to achieve happiness for the whole society.

From 12th December, about 14,000 people representing all social segments, including nationals, expats, tourists and visitors will be polled in a nation-wide survey, which will be conducted on collaboration between Federal competitiveness and Statistics Authority, Abu Dhabi Statistics Centre, and Dubai Statistics Centre, said Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness when launching the survey.

This national survey for happiness and positivity, will seek feedback from participants for aspects such as happiness, positivity, quality of life, education, learning, healthcare, society, culture, environment, infrastructure, government services, living standards and work.

According to Minister Al Roumi, happiness and positivity are the priorities and goals set by the UAE government, which seeks to identify what exactly affects society’s happiness.

The launch of this national survey of happiness and positivity comes amidst efforts to develop precise and comprehensive scientific tools and indices that enable government entities to embrace plans and strategies to achieve them throughout our society.

The Minister said that the survey is in-line with the directives by the President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, who expressed happiness as being the topmost priority and a sustainable goal.

It is also in-line with the vision of Vice President, the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is of the opinion that happiness cannot be measured. Its evaluation is already subject to several programs and studies.

Al-Roumi has sought for the co-operation of all teams to conduct the survey, help identify the manner in which to incorporate happiness and positivity indices.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries

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