Work blues got you down? Well, not for much longer.

If you need a bit of cheering up, take note – next week Dubai will be home to a completely free Happiness Festival.

On February 17 at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, The Happiness Festival will play host to a huge amount of wellbeing conferences, workshops, training, retreats and consulting sessions.

With a total of 65 wellbeing experts on hand to host sessions throughout the day, the festival will include everything from group yoga and personal training sessions, to talks on mindfulness and meditation, keeping cool and more.

Every 40 minutes there will be seven new workshops running simultaneously for you to try, with seven different topics covered being: namely positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, accomplishment, the man cave and the kids area.

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Trying to get your man to try some of your hobbies? Well there’s a Yoga for Guys class at 11.20am. If he doesn’t want to give it a go, perhaps you can find out why at the How and Why Guys Communicate Differently class at 12.40pm.

Here’s the full schedule of the classes at The Happiness Festival.

“The Happiness Festival is all about first-hand experience. Not just on the theory of how happiness can impact your life, but the practice,” the event website says.

“Whether your preference is mindfulness of just having fun – it’s all right here.”

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Dubai Studio City, Al Qudra Road, Dubai. Friday February 17, 11am to 6.30pm. Free (but you can register here). Tel: (04) 3618111.

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Almost exactly a year ago today we saw the recruitment of the UAE government’s Minister of Happiness, HE Ohood Al Roumi, whose mission was to “channel policies and plans to create a happier society”.

The government takes the happiness of its people seriously, and just last week we saw the first round of Chief Happiness and Positivity Officers (CHPOs) graduate to work at federal and local governmental authorities.

This video shows Sheikh Mohammed catching up with his happiness team last week:

The stats are there to show that the UAE values its residents’ happiness, having ranked highest in the Middle East in terms of happiness since 2012, according to the World Happiness Report.

“Since the dawn of history, happiness is all that humanity has sought,” HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai wrote in a LinkedIn article last year.

“Studies have shown that happy people produce more, live longer and drive better economic development in their communities and countries.”

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