UAE sets up 12-year plan to improve quality of life - and design may have a role to play

Published: 9 June 2019 - 1:49 p.m.

The UAE Cabinet has set in motion a long-term strategy to improve the quality of life for residents through a series of measures designed to make the Emirates a wellbeing leader.

The National Strategy for Wellbeing 2031 has 90 initiatives that the government will spearhead to make the UAE one of the happiest and healthiest places in the world to live.

A three-pronged approach focusing on individual, societal, and national objectives will help to enhance the quality of life in the country, according to the strategy.

A National Wellbeing Council will be created by the government to manage and coordinate the UAE’s efforts to improve the lives of its citizens.

Th 12-year plan will explore 14 priority areas with a total of nine strategic objectives geared toward a national framework for wellbeing, positivity, so-called digital health, and family cohesion.

Further details about the strategy have not been made public, but it touches on the country’s continuing efforts to build smart cities – something in which interior designers here have an increasingly important role in which to play.

Smart city technologies that integrate seamlessly into the living experience of residents can help improve wellbeing by making aspects of life more efficient and connected.

Good design, too, has often been touted as something that contributes to positivity and good mental health.

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