Are UAE residents happy? This question was answered in the recent report titled ‘Cities of Choice: Are People Happy Where They Live?’, where both Dubai and Abu Dhabi ranked among the world’s top cities.
In the ‘Cities of Choice’ study by US-based Boston Consulting Group, Dubai ranked first in the ‘Social Capital’ dimension, ahead of Washington, Singapore, San Francisco, Guangzhou, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, Barcelona, and Berlin, among those classified as ‘cruiser weight’ cities that have a population of more than 3 million people but below 10 million people.
Dubai scored 74 out of 100, “indicating that residents have a strong sense of belonging and attachment to their city and they maintain meaningful social relationships.”
‘Social Capital’ measures the strength of social relationships and community involvement within a city. It also covers social connections, inclusivity, equality, identity with culture and history, and safety.
Vladislav Boutenko, a BCG managing director and senior partner, and a co-author of the report, said the report delves into the nuances of how a city works best—or doesn’t. “Relocating is easier now than ever before. The challenge for urban leaders is to determine what makes their residents happy so they can retain current residents and attract new ones,” he underscored.