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Hessa Buhumaid: 700 Initiatives in (7) Sectors to Raise Wellbeing Standards

February 21, 2021


The National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing under the Ministry of Community Development launched the National Happiness and Wellbeing Survey in February 2020, as part of adopting the projects and initiatives to raise the wellbeing in various sectors affecting the lives of everyone as part of the National Wellbeing Strategy 2031.

The National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing under the Ministry of Community Development launched the National Happiness and Wellbeing Survey in February 2020, as part of adopting the projects and initiatives to raise the wellbeing in various sectors affecting the lives of everyone as part of the National Wellbeing Strategy 2031.

 The survey targeted 10,000 people aged 15 and over, 66.4% of UAE nationals and 33.6% of residents of different nationalities, including "young people, students, senior citizens, people of determination, retirees, unemployed citizens, housewives and working women", who answered (300) questions under three thematic pillars: developed countries, interdependent society, and individuals’ wellbeing.

 Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development and Chairman of Wellbeing Council, confirmed that the national wellbeing survey was aimed at measuring the wellbeing standards of the UAE  community in seven vital sectors: (community, healthcare, education, economy, security-justice and safety, infrastructure-housing and environment, human resources), in an effort to provide initiatives and outcomes that establish the happiness and wellbeing for all the members of the community, noting that it came up with a set of results and indicators that measure the reality of happiness and wellbeing and determine the future of initiatives that promote wellbeing for all the members of the society.

 Her Excellency revealed some of the results of the survey, including that 93% of the UAE's population, citizens and residents, confirmed that they are proud to live in the UAE, 82% individuals expressed satisfaction with government services, 92% said they feel safe walking alone at night, 84% indicated that they are comfortable with their family relationships, 88% have good communication skills, 8 in 10 people believe they are living a meaningful life, and 84% of the country's population is optimistic.

 Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, added that the Wellbeing  Council worked in coordination with government entities covering the seven sectors concerned with wellbeing to adopt and implement projects and initiatives for all entities, prepare the state of wellbeing report in cooperation and participation of more than (70) government authorities in the UAE, this led to (700) initiatives and projects all over the UAE incorporating the efforts of local executive councils, federal and local government authorities, chiefs of happiness and wellbeing who joined together to tackle the results of the national wellbeing report, and achieve wellbeing projects that promote wellbeing in the UAE.

 The Wellbeing Council comprises more than (20) federal and local government authorities and is a platform for strengthening coordination and government integration, and achieving the themes and objectives of the National Wellbeing strategy 2031.

 These development ideas enhance the UAE pioneering aspirations to achieve the best wellbeing standards through qualitative projects and initiatives launched by the national task forces bringing together various government authorities to make great efforts in promoting people’s wellbeing especially in the exceptional circumstances surrounding everyone this year. The wellbeing initiatives establish an ideal way of life for individuals in the UAE society as part of promoting happiness and wellbeing as a government and development priority.