Most of Dubai residents happy, feel safe


By Muaz Shabandri

A new study exploring social issues in Dubai revealed that Dubai residents ranked among the happiest in the world. The findings were announced on Monday by the Community Development Authority in Dubai (CDA).

Focusing on life in Dubai, social cohesion, social needs, human rights, national identity, personal values and social empowerment — the third social study revealed interesting insights on living in Dubai.

The study has shown that the feeling of protection and safety has increased from 92.80 per cent in 2011 to 96 per cent in the recent survey among all Dubai residents. Average happiness during the year prior to the survey reached 8.08 out of 10, compared to 7.9 the year 2011.

However, the study also noted that a quarter of Dubai’s residents struggled to meet ‘housing needs’ (26 per cent).

The study covered 3,796 families of which 1,328 were Emirati households, 1,504 non-Emarati households, 464 collective families and 500 individuals from labour camps. The sample was selected randomly in multiple phases and included 56 per cent males. More info