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UAE better to be born in than Britain next year

Amanda Fisher / 26 November 2012

DUBAI -The UAE is the best Arab country to be born in next year, and is a better bet than Britian, according to a top international magazine’s report — confirming the beliefs of some of the country’s residents.

The Economist Intelligence Unit, sister company to The Economist magazine, rated the country 18th in its “Where-to-be-born-index, 2013” recently published by the magazine.

The magazine said the survey, which “attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead”, took subjective life-satisfaction surveys in tandem with objective measures such as wealth, crime rates, family life and health to score the countries, using 11 indicators in total.

Switzerland topped the poll, beating out Australia, while Nigeria was the tail-ender of the 80 countries measured. Germany and the United States just pipped the UAE, taking 16th-equal position, while Britain languished just ahead of the Czech Republic and recession-riddle Spain, in 27th place.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was one clearly excited by the results, which he tweeted about on Monday.

He followed up with a further text: “We aim to be one of the best in the world, and our “Vision 2021” has laid out a clear road map to accomplish this goal”.

Emirati Fatima Ahelali is pregnant with her first child, due to be born on January 20, and already her unborn daughter -to be named Reem- has business class flight tickets secured.

“First thing is giving her the best chances of education and of course for her health also, giving her the (option of a) private hospital...and also education, I’d like private too.”

Ahelali, a Sharjah resident who works for Dubai Airport, said her work guaranteed her daughter these benefits, as well as business class tickets, which all gave her faith her daughter was being born in the right country. “We want to give her a good lifestyle.”

“The most benefits are here to already take everything for free, education until we finish our bachelor’s degree, and health is also already for free because we are (UAE) nationals. Most of things and facilities are just free.”

She wanted to see the economy continue to grow, as this was what impacted on education, health and other core services. If this happened, knocking Switzerland off its perch -and being recognised as the best place in the world to be born - was not too distant a dream.

“Maybe one day, you never know.”


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