83% of people in Dubai consider themselves happy today, and 95% predict that they will be happy 5 years from now, according to a study released by the Smart Dubai Office at the first meeting of the “Happiness Champions” for the Smart Dubai Happiness Agenda.

H.E. Dr. Aisha bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, introduced the study, saying: “The Happiness Snapshot is the next step in our continual efforts to discover and measure people’s happiness. We will use this data to achieve our vision for 95% happiness in Dubai by 2021, in line with the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”

Dr. Aisha bin Bishr said: “In Dubai, we believe that happiness can be achieved; that happiness can be measured, and that we can aid our leadership to positively impact happiness for the city, through science and technology.

“The Happiness Snapshot study collects valuable data on the beliefs and motivations of Dubai residents towards happiness in the city. In the near future, this data will be used by city leaders to guide decision-making on new projects and positively influence the happiness of people in Dubai”.

Representatives from 13 government entities and the Smart Dubai Office gathered at Al Serkal Avenue in Dubai for an interactive workshop to introduce the Happiness Champions to the Agenda, and inspire a creative dialogue on activities government entities can adopt to promote happiness through a scientific framework.

“The Happiness Agenda is a global game-changer for Dubai, and our Happiness Champions are on the front lines of this initiative,” Dr. Aisha bin Bishr said. “Each Happiness Champion has been nominated by their Director General for their proven commitment to impacting positive city experiences, and consistent dedication to the vision of happiness in Dubai.”

“In the first workshop, the Happiness Champions have been equipped with the scientific framework and tools to begin measuring and changing happiness for the city.” Dr. Aisha bin Bishr added.

Happiness Champions representing the Roads & Transit Authority (RTA), the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai Customs, Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Dubai Trade, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Dubai Economic Department, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRA), Dubai Tourism, and Dubai Courts participated in the first workshop.

The Happiness Agenda will discover basic & higher needs, formalise definitions & establish a cultural baseline for happiness in Dubai; influence policies & recommend approaches to focus the city and people on happiness; build awareness, teach self-reflection and influence the city to prioritise happiness; and research, formulate and implement a predictive happiness impact score & citywide index.