In its quest to attain this, town within the sand is measuring folks’s happiness by way of interactive touchpoints round Dubai, referred to as Happiness Meters.

There are three emojis on every meter — a contented face, a impartial face and a tragic face — which individuals use to rank their satisfaction with on a regular basis providers. Outcomes from the meters feed right into a Happiness Index; the variety of smiley faces tapped determines town’s “happiness rating.”

The meters are the work of Smart Dubai — a authorities entity tasked with reworking Dubai right into a “sensible metropolis” — which believes that individuals will lead happier lives if their day-to-day experiences are seamless and environment friendly.

“In an effort to turn into the happiest metropolis, we knew we would wish a option to hearken to everybody within the metropolis, and perceive their present ranges of happiness with metropolis providers,” Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, director basic of Good Dubai, instructed CNN over e mail.

Dubai’s ‘happiness rating’

The present “happiness rating” for Dubai, measured by over 6 million votes from Happiness Meters, sits at 90 %, in response to Bishr.

“Our objective is to extend Dubai’s happiness index degree to 95 % by 2021,” she added.

In an try to streamline public providers, Good Dubai has put in sensors in rubbish bins to ship alerts after they want emptying. It has additionally developed DubaiNow — an app for residents to pay their payments, fines and full over 55 metropolis providers.

Good Dubai’s imaginative and prescient is for Dubai to be each the happiest metropolis and probably the most technologically superior metropolis on the earth. Its subsequent step is to gauge deeper feelings by way of vocal emotions technology that analyzes tone of voice and different vocal properties.

However happiness is not any laughing matter, and the UAE has invested quite a lot of time and assets into its folks’s subjective well-being.

The right way to make folks completely satisfied

The primary Minister of State for Happiness within the UAE, Ohood Al Roumi, was sworn in last year, adopted by 60 Happiness CEOs throughout authorities departments.

The Ministry of Happiness’ position is to advertise and prioritize happiness in authorities and on a regular basis life.

CEOs of Happiness admire art at SIKKA Art FairCEOs of Happiness admire art at SIKKA Art Fair

That is all a part of an even bigger plan, specified by the UAE Vision 2021, to place the United Arab Emirates’ well-being on the forefront of presidency choices. By doing so the UAE hopes to turn into the “happiest of all nations” in response to this system.

In Dubai there was a plethora of happiness themed occasions organized by authorities together with a “happiness park” to advertise train, a “happiness journey” on Worldwide Happiness Day, and numerous happiness festivals together with actions like laughter meditation.

Ought to governments regulate happiness?

However not everyone seems to be proud of the UAE’s Happiness Agenda.

A researcher from Human Rights Watch has labeled the Ministry of Happiness “Orwellian,” whereas some have questioned how inclusive Dubai’s “happiness renaissance” will probably be.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have highlighted human rights considerations within the UAE, comparable to limiting rights to freedom of expression and affiliation and arbitrarily detaining and prosecuting those that criticize the federal government.

Smart Dubai's Dr. Aisha bin BishrSmart Dubai's Dr. Aisha bin Bishr

In response to this, Bishr instructed CNN that any motion or resolution taken by a authorities entity is to make sure higher requirements of dwelling and happier lives for his or her folks.

CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark, Meik Wiking, agrees that happiness must be on the core of public coverage.

“Happiness needs to be the overarching objective of governments,” he instructed CNN.

Measuring a subjective feeling

The World Happiness Report 2017 ranked the UAE in 21st place. The report makes use of folks’s personal life analysis scores to measure subjective well-being.

“Individuals are the perfect judges of whether or not they’re completely satisfied or not,” mentioned Wiking.

The happiness rankings are then defined by taking a look at six key variables — GDP per capita, social help, wholesome life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.

In response to Wiking, these six components are necessary indicators for why some nations rank increased than others.

“This can be very bold to be one of many 5 happiest nations by 2021,” Wiking mentioned, commenting on the UAE’s want to turn into one of many happiest nations on the earth.

“Norway simply pushed Denmark out of first place this yr. You are all the way down to the second decimal now that separates primary from quantity two,” he added.

Wiking has each confidence that Dubai is taking the precise steps towards attaining its personal objective. He has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UAE authorities, promising to share experience and data.

“I have not seen many different governments as bold,” he mentioned.

“They’ve an express ambition of the place they wish to be, so that’s one thing tangible and measurable.”

Should you’re completely satisfied and it

Whereas the World Happiness Report ranks nations’ happiness, it does not do the identical for particular person cities. This makes it troublesome for Dubai to asses the place it stands.

Nevertheless, Bishr mentioned Good Dubai is engaged on methods to check ranges of happiness in Dubai with different cities on the earth.

“When a metropolis commits itself to folks’s happiness, it isn’t solely the person who will profit,” defined Bishr.

“When persons are happier town advantages, which in flip feeds advantages straight again to the person and so forth in a optimistic cycle.”