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The reaction comes following a report in The Gulf Today that states a new survey has found that citizens in the UAE enjoy a quality of life that surpasses even European standards.

The survey was carried out by TNS Mena, the world’s largest custom market research organisation and was a repeat of one carried out in 2011. The results are even more impressive than three years ago, with 97 per cent of people that responded to the survey stating that they were either ‘very satisfied’ or ‘fairly satisfied’ with their quality of life. In 2011, that figure was at 91 per cent.

The organisation asked around 5,000 UAE citizens drawn from a cross-section of each of the seven Emirates. Such figures of satisfaction were put down to a national feeling of ‘optimism and positivity’ that has been commonplace across the region for number of years. This, combined with their economic strength and their continued advocation of national development, has produced the highest-ever satisfaction levels recorded in a survey of this nature in the UAE.

Only the Scandinavian nations of Denmark and Sweden can match this level of satisfaction, as they also scored 97 per cent in a survey by the same organisation. Usually considered as the gold standard when it comes to resident satisfaction, it is a rarity that they are matched by other nations.

A spokesperson for Interdean, leaders in the field of international relocation, has released a statement following the news. ‘Such a resounding vote of confidence from the residents of the UAE shows precisely why the region is becoming one of the most popular destinations for expats.

‘With a strong economy providing opportunity for the country to invest heavily in development and infrastructure, it is unsurprising that satisfaction levels continue to rise. To be on a par with countries such as Denmark and Sweden is an unbelievable achievement for a country that is not even 45 years old. As prosperity grows, so does positivity and that is something that is reflected throughout the UAE. It really is an exciting place to be at the moment.’

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