The UAE is ranked the 28th happiest country in the world and the first among Arab countries, according to the World Happiness Report 2016.
The report, released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is based on an opinion survey conducted by Gallup Institute in 157 countries. The survey measures happiness levels using factors such as per capita income and standard of living as well as satisfaction with life.
The results were announced yesterday by the UAE government as part of the overall results of community indexes covering happiness, family cohesion, social solidarity, loyalty to the nation and leadership and national identity.
The announcement comes in line with the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who launched national agenda index reports as part of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021.
The indexes were introduced to measure achievements made by the UAE and the steps it has taken to realize the goals of the national agenda and the UAE vision, aiming at increasing happiness rates, enhancing family cohesion, social solidarity and feeling proud of national identity as well as deepening allegiance and loyalty to the nation and its leadership, and doubling sports achievements.
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