UAE the happiest country in the Middle East – UN report

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

A United Nations report has ranked the UAE as the happiest place in the Arab World.

The First World Happiness Report placed the nation in the 17th position on a global basis, making it the happiest country in the Middle East.

According to an AP report, the UN conference titled “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” was compiled by hundreds of representatives of governments, academics, and other civic leaders to discuss the issue.

Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute think tank at Columbia University, released the report.

Citizens of the Gulf state proved to be more satisfied with their lives than those living in places such as the UK, Germany and Hong Kong.

The neighbouring Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, ranked in as the 26th, 29th and 31st happiest places in the world, respectively.

The least happy places in the Middle East were Yemen, Afghanistan, and Palestine, the report revealed.

Northern European countries topped the UN rankings on the happiness list, with Denmark ranked as the happiest nation in the world, followed by Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands.

Economically depressed and war-torn countries in Africa proved to be the least satisfied. Togo, Benin, the Central African Republic, and Sierra Leone were at the bottom of the UN report.

The report assessed factors like a country’s overall wealth, economic activity, social relations, and public healthcare to compile the report.

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