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UAE happiest nation in the Arab world

Filed on March 15, 2018 | Last updated on March 15, 2018 at 06.36 am
UAE happiest nation in the Arab world

This is the fourth time straight that the country has been named the happiest in the region.

The UAE is the Arab world's happiest country, according to an annual survey released on Wednesday.

Among 156 countries worldwide, the UAE has been ranked 20th in the World Happiness Report, one rank up from last year.

This is the fourth time straight that the country has been named the happiest in the region.

Finland secured the top spot in the report, rising from fifth place last year to oust Norway. The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's annual report ranks countries according to factors such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

Hailing the ranking, Emiratis said the UAE's tolerant society makes people happy. "I love the fact that we live with so many nationalities that the country embraces with full respect and no discrimination," Emirati Ahmed bin Al Sheikh said.

Long-time UAE residents said safety and security that the country offers is what makes them happy. Egyptian Nourhan Maher said: "Only in the UAE can you leave your bag temporarily in a coffee shop and come back to find it."



Sherouk Zakaria

"Born and raised in UAE, Sherouk Zakaria is a Senior Correspondent at Khaleej Times. Joined since May 2016, she covers Dubai Municipality, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), special events and humanitarian issues. Her choice of journalism as a career stems from her passion of telling people's stories and writing to inspire or make a difference. In her free time, she's an occasional theater and film actress. Sherouk received her BA in Mass Communications from the American University in Sharjah in 2013. Before joining Khaleej Times, she was a senior lifestyle/entertainment editor for a magazine in Dubai."

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