It seems to have been a good 12 months in Dubai, judging by a new survey.
According to the fourth annual Dubai Social Survey, residents have revealed they are happier living in the city than previous years.
The study, conducted by Dubai’s Community Development Authority, found that locals rated their level of happiness on a scale of one to 10 at 8.2, on average.
The happiness rating was 7.9 back in 2011, and 8 in 2013, meaning that residents seem to be getting more satisfaction from living in Dubai as time goes by.
The survey, which quizzed 15,165 individuals, including 9,709 Emiratis, was reviewed this week by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.
“The results of the survey are significant. Perhaps the most important message coming from the results is that Dubai residents feel safe and secure,” said the royal.
“This is not new to the UAE as the spirit of tolerance and the rule of law have created a civilized, happy and stable community.”
The survey takes into account many social services around the city, with plenty of respondents (56 per cent of which were male) showing appreciation for Dubai’s authorities.
Ninety-eight per cent said they had trust and confidence in Dubai Police, while 94 per cent said officers treat everyone fairly.
What about safety?
Hearteningly, 98 per cent of those surveyed feel safe and secure when walking alone at night, and 97 per cent are proud to call Dubai home.
There was also a 98 per cent satisfaction rating with human rights services.
There was also plenty of good feeling around the issue of religious tolerance, in a city where residents are made up of around 200 nationalities.
In the survey, 95 per cent of non-Emirati respondents said they have freedom of religious expression, and 91 per cent agree with Dubai’s cultural diversity.