Dubai residents are an extremely happy lot, shows survey

Social Study Results for 2011 will be used as baseline to strengthen community service standards in Dubai

  • Students at JSS Private School in Dubai. Dubai’s population is extremely happy with its happiness quotient at Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • From Left clock wise: Anne Laforgue, Mohammad Rasel Soman and Abdulla EbrahimImage Credit: Zarina Fernandes/ Asghar Khan/ Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
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Dubai: Residents have reported an average happiness quotient of 7.9, indicating that they are extremely happy, according to the latest Social Study Results for 2011 by the Community Development Authority (CDA).

The study, which included around 20,000 Emiratis as well as expatriates, gauged satisfaction levels of the residents about their lives in Dubai; social cohesion; needs and social services; human rights; national identity; personal opinions and values and social empowerment and participation.

The CDA will send reports of the study to different sectors and the results will be used to further improve community service standards in Dubai, said Khalid Al Kamda, Director General of CDA.

“We will be sending reports to different authorities regarding their section on what needs to be done and what the indicators are showing. The areas of concern would be reviewed and after six months we will find the progress,” Al Kamda told Gulf News.

According to the study, which also included 500 individuals from labour communities, a majority of Dubai residents feel their human rights are protected, they are financially secure and able to meet their requirements.

“We found that people feel they are not discriminated against, they are safe, they are protected, the laws are made to protect all, and were happier in terms of work issues as well. They compared all of this to their home countries and many of them would prefer to live in Dubai,” he said.

Regarding their ‘Life in Dubai’, the residents reported a happiness mean of 7.9 on a scale of 0 to 10. The highest average was reported amongst Emiratis at 8.3, followed by Western expatriates at 8, Arab expatriates at 7.9 and Asian expats at 7.8. A high majority, 93 per cent, felt protected and safe in Dubai.

When it came to social cohesion, expatriates showed higher levels of satisfaction about their family lives compared to Emiratis. While 97.7 per cent of Western expatriates said they were happy with their family lives, this percentage was 97.3 for Arab expats, 96.9 for Asian expats and 93.6 for Emiratis.

The satisfaction rates were not as high when it came to social services. The satisfaction percentage of people who utilised services in the social sector was 67 per cent for human rights, 48.4 per cent for educational services, 33.9 for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce.

Interestingly, when it came to loans, the highest percentage of borrowers was among Emiratis at 36.8 per cent and around 15 per cent of them had defaulted once or more on their monthly payments during the year previous to the study. Western expats were the second highest borrowing individuals, followed by Arab and Asian expatriates.

In securing basic living needs, over 95 per cent, said they were able to secure adequate financial resources to meet their needs for food, clothing and housing.

While more than 75 per cent believed they were immune to arbitrary work practices, there were about 16 per cent of non-Emiratis who did not agree that everyone received equal treatment by the police.


  • Abdul Samad

    Jun 12, 2012 3:45

    Last 10 years I am living in Dubai, in my experiance Dubai is best place to live, here safe and secure(24 hours can move any where inside dubai) very good low and regulations, one rule for all residence, I hope that I can live my whole life here

  • Janakiram

    Jun 12, 2012 3:15

    I like Dubai a lot. However, I was totally disappointed to see the Immigration Authorities service when I applied for my father resident visa. Initially they told that I met all requirements and if I bring my father on Visit visa then he can apply for a resident visa. He came on visit and later when I applied for his residence visa, they simply rejected it after 10 days of waiting time. Rejection is fine but the person who was handling the humanitarian cases was very rude and not willing to provide any reason for rejection. Simply says, "Only visit, reject, GO". I feel the people handling humanitarian cases should be generous, courteous at least for the reason they are handling humanitarian cases on humanitarian grounds. When I call Amer services, they tell that they are bound to provide the reason for rejection. But the people at the desk are not willing to provide the reason. I've expected better treatment from the authorities concerned and my father, if he is granted a visa, would have made our lives more happier here in Dubai. Otherwise, this is such a nice place one would never wish to be away from.

  • Shahnawaz

    Jun 12, 2012 2:48

    i agree with first comments

  • anonymous

    Jun 12, 2012 2:03


  • Ahmad

    Jun 12, 2012 2:02

    The report should also mention the Capital of the UAE - Abu Dhabi. The beautiful and lovely city and Al Ain green city. Me and my family are extremely happy and we always wish to stay as long as we can in this peaceful and lovely country. Each city in the UAE has its own taste and design, and this encourages the expatriates, like me, to visit one every weekend. All the best and peaceful life to the UAE.

  • sunshine

    Jun 12, 2012 1:46

    I love Dubai, Dubai has given me a second chance to live life to the fullest. Dubai is the best. it is accessible in everything, though cost of living here is high, im still in love with Dubai...


    Jun 12, 2012 1:39

    To me happiness means life with less tension, no debts, less work pressure, peaceful weekends and mainly good health. This is what I feel is happiness.Dubai is a lovely place to live in, but if you take care you can get all the above. I love Dubai.

  • sudhirkabeer

    Jun 12, 2012 1:20

    The survey is absolutely right as no one can experiense the same freedom and satisfaction in anyother part of the Midddle East. Apart from the traffic congestion Dubai is the best in the Middle East to live in.

  • Tajudeen

    Jun 12, 2012 11:53

    When compared to India, Dubai is more disabled friendly. It is very nice to live in Dubai and any other emirets/country.

  • TJ

    Jun 12, 2012 11:01

    Everything that shines is not gold. Children will always smile, but we need to see the giver of the smile, the parents and the ones who cannot see their children smile.

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Last 10 years I am living in Dubai, in my experiance Dubai is best place to live, here safe and secure(24 hours can move any where inside dubai) very good low and regulations, one rule for all residence, I hope that I can live my whole life here

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