The UAE is the happiest Arab country and is the world’s 21st happiest country, according to World Happiness Report 2017 rankings by UN Sustainable Development Solutions. The ranking are based on a data from the Gallup World Poll.
The report is issued by the Earth Institute at Columbia University to celebrate the International Day of Happiness, revealed that UAE is a happier country than the United States or the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Ireland and Austria.
However, globally, the UAE would have been ranked 12th if only UAE nationals were taken into account. This is said so, because, the 2017 report had included separate table of results for nationals and expatriates in some Gulf countries with different scores.
The UAE was placed 15th in the Life Evaluation Index, marking an increase from the 24th last year to 16th place on the Positive Experience Index, up from 33rd last year. This year, Norway led the ranking, followed by last year’s happiest country Denmark, Switzerland, Finland and Iceland.
The UAE’s significant progress recorded in the World Happiness Report 2017 is an achievement that we all can be proud of, and it reflects the country’s ambitious and forward-thinking vision, said Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, the Minister of State for Happiness.
The vision was developed under the leadership of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al MAktoum.
When leaders are focussed on making their people happy, the results will definitely be positive, mentioned Al Roumi, and said that this achievement is due to the collaboration between various government bodies that worked diligently in implementing leadership directives and co-operated with each other to launch programmes and initiatives that helped establish a happy and positive society in the UAE.
The report says that UAE is among the top 10 countries in 21 indicators which measure the following – Satisfaction with efforts to preserve the environment, being healthy to perform daily activities, convenience of city for people from different countries to live in, satisfaction pertaining to household income, public transport, children’s opportunity to learn and grow, helping strangers, treating people with respect, roads and highways, economic conditions, treatment towards children, quality of healthcare, feeling well-rested, satisfaction with city of living, standard of living, freedom to make life choices and satisfaction with life after five years in UAE.