Secure environment and high standard of living are the top two reasons that make expatriates prefer living in Dubai over their home towns. According to a recent survey released by the Community Development Authority (CDA) in cooperation with the Dubai Statistics Centre, it was found that the happiness average in the Emirate is 7.9 on a scale of 1-10.
Khaleej Times asked a cross-section of expatriates and tourists whether they were ‘happy in Dubai’. Most of them attributed safe living environment and availability of good quality products to the ‘state of happiness’ among the residents.
Thirty-one-year-old British electronic engineer Phil Green said that this is his third visit to Dubai, and he is considering shifting to the emirate.
“It’s a nice kind of cosmopolitan, people here are very friendly. You have lesser amount of crime and the city keeps holding a lot of activities,” said Green. He added that the weather here would be an added advantage to the ‘happiness’. Meanwhile, Indian resident Nimisha Haridas (22) has lived in Dubai all her life. “You go to any place in Dubai, it’s always crowded. The standard of living is very high and people generally are very conscious about how they look and live”.
Palestinian national Ameed Mohammed (25) has been in Dubai for the last two-and-a-half years. “Compared to all the political problems in my home town, I am very happy here. It’s safe and you do not have any kind of civic problems. Back home, there is too much tension. I work here in the interior design business, and I make enough money to send back home,” said Mohammed.
The survey indicated that 93 per cent of Dubai community felt secure and protected. Among Emirati families this figure was about 96 per cent and expatriate families, almost 89 per cent.
Pakistani national and radiologist Hira Javed (27) said: “When compared to my country, Dubai is much more secure. The quality of food here is very good and much cheaper compared to my hometown. This is reason for anyone to be happy. Also, crime rates here are much lesser.”
Meanwhile Syrian- Romanian national Rim Chahoud (14) said that she would seriously consider pursuing her graduation and finding a job here. “Activities wise, there is so much one can do here. You have a lot of options in shopping, the place is secure and it’s fun being in Dubai,” said Chahoud.