By Sarah Townsend
New World Happiness report ranks the UAE 20th globally out of 158 countries; list topped by Switzerland
The UAE and Qatar are the happiest countries in the Gulf, according to this year’s World Happiness report, backed by the United Nations.
The UAE ranked 20th out of 158 nations in the report published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which is affiliated with the UN.
Qatar ranked 28th of all the countries studied – a position it has maintained for more or less the past few years, according to Doha News. It was placed ahead of Saudi Arabia, which ranked 35th, and Kuwait, which came 39th.
High living standards, life expectancy and lack of corruption are among the factors considered to make a country “happy”, according to the report.
But, according to its authors, the UAE government’s commitment to making happiness a “national policy goal” is one of the reasons for its strong performance.
In December 2014, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that “the first objective for the Dubai Plan 2021 is achieving people’s happiness”, the report said.
Sheikh Al Maktoum also reminded government employees of their “mission” to provide world-class service to keep UAE citizens satisfied, in an open letter last year.
The happiest countries in the world were generally from Northern Europe, including Switzerland in first place, followed by Iceland and Denmark.
The unhappiest countries were in Sub-Saharan Africa and included Burundi and Togo. War-torn Syria was also among the three unhappiest countries in the index.
UAE may be one of the happiest countries for the natural citizens but not for all the residents considering the visa process, medical bills, alarming rent increase and change of rules at the fall of a hat, most of the residents live in debts except the local natural citizens and few businessmen landed 2~3 decades ago.
UAE is one country I loved as My entire family lived in Dubai for 19 years, their people & culture are both commendable, visa issues? Of course d govt has to take precautions & strict measures as to people getting in the UAE, medical bills - surely coz they have d best, ever changing rules - why not? The govt of UAE is run by people loving rulers, they always evaluate their rules or laws, if found not suitable or properly working, a revision is but a positive action, right? UAE is my second country, I respect & love it's people, their culture & traditions, cudos to UAE, more power & looking forward to a successful 2020 world expo, Godbless UAE and it's rulers