Five things you may not have known about Dubai (part 2)

Most residents are under 35

Dubai has a youthful population: 60% of its residents are under the age of 35.

The city is also an emerging center for technological innovation.

In 2017, the World Economic Forum cooperated with the International Finance Corporation to identify, support, and enable the Arab world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to improve the state of their region via the 100 Arab Start-Ups Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Dubai-based success stories from the initiative include Careem, a ride-hailing app bought by Uber in 2019 for $3.1 billion, and BitOasis, which provides access to cryptocurrencies in Arab countries.

George Clooney was here

Many leading media companies in the world have their Middle Eastern base in Dubai. It has a dedicated Media City that is home to global organizations like the BBC, CNN, Reuters, CNBC, Sony, and Showtime.

Established in 2001 as a center for content production and broadcasting, and part of the Dubai Technology, Electronic Commercial and Media Free Zone (TECOM), the site is the largest in the Arab region, with a development budget of over $800 million and 2,500 companies registered.

The UAE has become a more and more popular location for Hollywood movies with a number having been shot in Dubai, such as the George Clooney thriller Syriana.

It wants to be the happiest city on Earth

Can we measure happiness? Yes, we can in Dubai because it has set up digital “happiness meters” in order to gauge the mood of citizens, residents, and visitors as well, particularly when they interact with the services of Dubai government, which is aiming to make it the happiest city in the world.

Three years ago, the UAE government appointed Ohood bint Khalfan Al Rhoumi as its first Minister for Happiness, in charge with rolling out a national program of positivity.

According to the Ministry of State for Happiness, employee happiness in the UAE increased by 24 percent between 2016-2018.