91% citizens happy with life in the UAE – survey

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Emirati men putting up a traditional celebratory dance. Photo – ADACH-Abu Dhabi

Citizens in the United Arab Emirates believe they enjoy a better quality of life than most of their European counterparts, a market research report said on Wednesday.

According to Steve Hamilton-Clark, CEO of TNS MENA, the world’s largest custom market research organisation, the firm recently conducted a nationwide survey and found that citizens across the UAE expressed a high degree of satisfaction with their overall quality of life, with 91% of respondents stating that they were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’.

Compared to a similar measure, the Standard Eurobarometer 76, Hamilton-Clark highlighted that Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden are marginally ahead each with 97% of citizens stating an overall high degree of satisfaction. The UAE joins this elite ‘golden’ league with a 90 plus score.

“The UAE’s 91% satisfaction rating also exceeds the All Europe Index at 75% as well as those of other leading European nations such as Germany at 88%, Belgium and the United Kingdom both scoring 87%, France at 76%, Spain at 73% and Italy at 64% among others,” Hamilton-Clark said.

The research findings are an extract from the UAE Opinion Survey conducted by TNS and comprised a representative sample of 5,000 Emirati citizens drawn from each of the seven emirates. Hamilton-Clark said that it is part of an exclusive UAE study undertaken in 2011 and 2012 that measures the general public perception and satisfaction levels on overall quality of life experienced.

“The UAE satisfaction rating among nationals is on par with indices for Scandinavian countries, considered the ?gold standard’ in such surveys,” he concluded.

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