Eighty-three percent of people in Dubai consider themselves happy, according to a study released by the Smart Dubai Office at the first meeting of the city’s “Happiness Champions”.
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The report also said that 95 percent of respondents predict that they will be happy in five years from now.
The survey is part of Dubai’s Happiness Agenda which aims to formalise definitions and establish a cultural baseline for happiness in Dubai.
It also seeks to influence policies and recommend approaches to focus the city and people on happiness, build awareness, teach self-reflection and influence the city to prioritise happiness and implement a city-wide happiness index.
Dr Aisha bin Bishr, director-general of the Smart Dubai Office, said: “The Happiness Snapshot is the next step in our continual efforts to discover and measure people’s happiness. We will use this data to achieve our vision for 95 percent happiness in Dubai by 2021.
“In Dubai, we believe that happiness can be achieved; that happiness can be measured, and that we can aid our leadership to positively impact happiness for the city, through science and technology,” she said.
“In the near future, this data will be used by city leaders to guide decision-making on new projects and positively influence the happiness of people in Dubai,” she added.
The comments follow the first meeting of the Happiness Champions for the Happiness Agenda by Smart Dubai.
Representatives from 13 government entities and the Smart Dubai Office gathered in Dubai for an interactive workshop to introduce the Happiness Champions to the Agenda, and inspire a creative dialogue on activities government entities can adopt to promote happiness through a scientific framework.
The Smart Dubai Happiness Agenda was adopted by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum earlier this year to guide Dubai’s smart city transformation to positively impact happiness in Dubai through a science-backed and methodical approach, organized in four strategic portfolios to discover, change, educate and measure happiness for the city.
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