United Nations: The United Arab Emirates has ranked 20 on the 2015 World Happiness Report published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations, released on April 23.

UAE is ranked among 158 countries on the index that took into account GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness.

The UAE gets special mention in the report, citing the Dubai Plan 2021, launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in December of 2014. The Ruler is lauded as among the few global leaders who are talking about the importance of well-being as a guide for their nations.

Shaikh Mohammed has said: “The first objective for the Dubai Plan 2021 is achieving people’s happiness.”

Dubai Plan 2021 itself covers six themes “that describe the vision for Dubai: a city of happy, creative and empowered people; an inclusive and cohesive society; the preferred place to live, work and visit; a smart and sustainable city; a pivotal hub in the global economy; and a pioneering and excellent government. The strategy was developed after extensive consultations involving civil society, the private and the public sectors.”.. see more

source: khaleejtimes