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Dubai’s Sixth Social Survey Launched

​Image: DSC logo

​Image: DSC logo

In partnership with the Dubai Statistics Center (DSC), the Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai launched the emirate’s sixth social survey. The fieldwork for the survey will begin on September 21, 2019, to promote initiatives, strategies, programs, and policies designed to meet the requirements and needs of families and individuals in the community.


 H.E. Ahmed Abdul Karim Julfar, Director General of the Community Development Authority in Dubai, said: “We are keen to regularly conduct social surveys to measure the performance of Dubai’s social sector; monitor social issues and trends; analyze data and information gathered on community members and identify their needs and requirements. This helps us to develop effective social programs and services to address these needs and fill in gaps, to build a community-based environment that drives sustainable development.”


“Through this survey, which is conducted regularly every two years, we look forward to building a database of social performance indicators in the emirate that will contribute to the planning process for the future. It also helps us to design social policies to further improves community services; to come up with solutions to achieve community happiness, and to ensure the best levels of progress to benefit the entire community members,” he said.


H.E. Julfar added: “In cooperation with DSC, we will work to harness all capabilities of field teams to collect data and information on both citizens and residents in the emirate, to shed light on current social issues. We will seek to benefit from the survey results to build a leading social environment, which will enhance Dubai’s competitiveness in various fields, thereby enhancing people’s happiness and satisfaction.”




H.E. Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of DSC, said, “The survey is part of the periodical statistical projects in support of planning and decision-making processes. This provides the Authority with sequential and integrated data that allows comparison and identification of performance patterns and improvement levels, to measure the impact of policies and programs aimed at community development. Besides, it helps identify challenges and aspects that require intervention during the next phase.”


“Our partnership with CDA is aimed at achieving integration, continuity, and continuous development and reflects the importance of team spirit in joint ventures. This adds to the importance of the survey as an exemplary joint venture model, which has strategic short and medium and long-term returns,” Al Muhairi added.


 CDA pointed out that the survey aims to measure the performance indicators of the social development sector in Dubai and to identify the social reality in the emirate in general and link it to some demographic, social and economic variables. 

Noteworthy, the survey will build a database on the social situation in the emirate and study the living conditions of 4,000 families and 500 members of labor gatherings in different areas in the emirate.




The sixth social survey will be conducted by a team of 74 members, which includes researchers, field supervisors, auditors, and administrators. It will collect detailed data to measure performance indicators to accelerate social development in Dubai, and to ascertain the social reality in the emirate in general. 


The survey will link them with some demographic, social and economic variables, in addition to establishing databases on the social situation, to be used in the development of strategies, policy formulation and the identification of requirements, needs, and opinions of the community, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of related policies and programs.