Abu Dhabi residents optimistic about return to normal life after COVID-19

A new survey by The Department of Community Development (DCD) in Abu Dhabi reveals that Abu Dhabi residents are hopeful that life will return to normal in 2020, following the impact of COVID-19.

Drawing on a survey of well over 8,000 people, the study shows that the majority (58%) of Abu Dhabi residents believe that life will return to normal in 2020, while just 17% felt that a return to normality would be delayed until after mid-2021.  Men are slightly more optimistic, with 60% believing life will return to normal this year, versus 54% among women. The findings also suggest that families with school-aged children believe it will take longer for normality to return.

The survey also finds room for optimism when examining how Abu Dhabi residents’ are feeling as they look towards the COVID-19 era. Just 38% of respondents cited continued concerns about health risks to them or their family, while only 30% registered concern about on-going economic impacts. Fewer than one in four people (23%) are worried about a lasting effect on their personal income.

85.57% stated that the future depends on how government and society respond together to COVID-19 and its socioeconomic aftermath. While there are inevitable concerns about life after COVID-19, the survey finds that the vast majority of people (92%) have a high level of trust in the UAE government’s actions in response to the pandemic, as well as the response to meet the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities.

The UAE residents’ trust in the UAE government remains salient in the different surveys launched by the department, as the findings of DCD’s first survey on the impact of COVID-19 have also shown that people have full confidence in the ability of the UAE government to handle the COVID-19 pandemic (92.4%) and believe that the UAE government has mobilized sufficient medical and non-medical resources to combat COVID-19 (90%). DCD’s previous survey also showed that around 89% trust that the UAE has adopted effective early advanced precautionary measures to stand up to the challenge.

The data is drawn from the ‘Life After COVID-19’ study, recently launched by The Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi and the Statistic Center of Abu Dhabi (SCAD), to examine perceptions of how life will be changed by the pandemic.  The survey is designed to help guide policy-making, overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and improve the quality of life for UAE residents.

Dr. Muna Al Bahar, Advisor at the Department of Community Development, said, “These survey findings are crucial in helping us address people’s concerns and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their lives.”

“While we cannot ignore the impact of the pandemic, it is encouraging to see such resilience and optimism among Abu Dhabi residents.  We also feel the responsibility of the trust that people have pit in the UAE authorities to effectively manage this challenging situation.”

“We have been committed to combatting COVID-19 and improving the quality of life for UAE residents since the emergence of the pandemic, and we encourage the UAE community to keep taking the required precautionary measures and follow the UAE government’s directives to ease the impact of the pandemic on all of our lives,” Al Bahar added.

The Department encourages residents to participate in this survey to help UAE authorities take the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the people of the UAE at this challenging time. All individual information provided will remain strictly confidential.  If you wish to participate in the survey, please click here.

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