The Community Development Authority (CDA) announced the Social Study Results 2011 at a press conference held at Raffles Dubai yesterday.
Held in cooperation with Dubai Statistic Center, the study is in line with the CDA’s efforts to further strengthen community service standards in Dubai. The initiative aims to measure the current levels of key performance indicators for the CDA’s strategy (2010-2014), and identify some of the issues of the CDA’s five goals and meets the different social demands of the community.
The study included 19,924 individuals; 3,995 families, 1,992 UAE families, 1,701 expatriate families, 302 grouped families, and 500 individuals from labor communities.
H.E Khaled Al Kamda, Director General of CDA, said: “The move reflects CDA’s keenness to enhance social services in Dubai according to Dubai Strategic Plan 2015. The study is a path-breaking initiative that helps decision-makers and public and private sectors to design policies and plans through an accurate database.”
He added: “Through this study, CDA seeks to monitor the general perception about the social services sector and determine the positives and negatives in this filed. We are keen to enhance cooperation with strategic partners and co-launch promising initiatives and programmes that are useful for the community, and Dubai Statistic Center, one of our distinguished partners which played an active role in conducting this study.”
The study is based on the global best practices in the area of surveys and studies, and covers various sectors such as life in Dubai, human rights, social cohesion, social services and needs, national identity, personal values and opinions and social empowerment.
The results about living in Dubai showed that Dubai’s population happiness average was 7.9on a scale of 1 -10; the happiness average among Emiratis was 8.3 western expatriates 8 Arab expatriates7.9 and Asian expatriates 7.8 It also indicated 93% of Dubai community felt secure and protected; among Emiratis families this figure was about 96 % and expatriate families almost 89%.
The study covering social cohesion said that the highest satisfaction percentage of families was among Europeans at 97.7%, followed by Arab families 97.3%, Asian families 96.9 %, and Emirati families 93.6 %. It appeared the highest percentage of cultural diversification in Dubai was among Arab expatriates at 81.7 %, followed by European families 81.1%, Asian families 77.3 % and Emirati families 65.9%.
When it came to Human Rights the study discovered that 95 % of Dubai population felt secure in their financial resources to meet their food requirements, and that only 17.5 % of non-Emiratis did not agree that human rights were not protected in Dubai.
About 93 % of Dubai residents expressed pride about Dubai and almost 80 % were proud of Emirati culture while 57% were proud of Arab language.