The UAE is home to many nationalities and according to the World Happiness Report 2020 we’re a happy bunch.
The United Arab Emirates maintained its first place in the Arab world for the sixth consecutive year, according to the latest edition of the World Happiness Report. The global report was unveiled on 20th March in conjunction with International Day of Happiness. The UAE maintained its advanced position globally and surpassed many developed countries and economies in the global report issued annually by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, SDSN.
UAE Cities took the lead in the ‘Cities Happiness Index’, which included a special indicator that captures happiness at the city level. The index ranks 186 cities around the world by assessing city inhabitants’ level of happiness and their general evaluation of their lives in the city. Abu Dhabi and Dubai ranked the happiest cities in the Arab region.
This year’s World Happiness Report also included a study that explores the relationship between the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and wellbeing. A comparative analysis showed a direct relationship between efforts to achieve the SDGs and reported happiness levels. The SDG Index is a global indicator that monitors countries ’efforts and readiness to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals, also known as the Global Agenda 2030.
A healthy natural environment leads to happier communities. A special chapter in this year’s edition of the World Happiness Report shows how natural environments can be a factor in raising happiness and wellbeing for individuals. Polls indicated that preserving and maintaining healthy and natural surroundings, does support and elevate levels of happiness and wellbeing in societies.
The study indicated a number of key natural factors affecting happiness, such as weather, green spaces and water surfaces such as beaches and canals. The study documented an increase of happiness levels by individuals who live near green spaces or surrounded by natural trees, more than those who live far from any natural greenery. The same was also true for those who live overlooking water surfaces.
The happiness index in this year’s report included 153 countries through which the happiness levels were captured by surveying citizens and residents to assess their general satisfaction with life. The report, which was first launched in 2012, saw Finland ranking first in the 2020 global index for the third year in a row but the UAE is keeping pace.