'There are many more things in life that can make people happy but there is no doubt that money can help. It is fascinating to see the regional differences in levels of income and capital that people think they need to feel happy and wealthy. These figures are, of course, aspirational and for most of us the important thing is to have a financial plan and make sure that we are saving as much as we can to give us financial security.'
Dubai is only second to Singapore in that table. Either way expensive places to be happy. Oh and by the way, if you do want to be happy in Dubai, apparently Umm Suqeim is the place where people are most happiest. Next on the happy barometer were residents in Dubai Marina, who count on cool shops, restaurants and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Suburban Springs was also high on the happy scale thanks to tree-lined streets and a chilled-out, family-friendly ambience. Downtown Dubai, JLT, Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah made up the rest of the top seven. Notice that these are the expensive and new places in Dubai. That means that those in old Dubai (bur Dubai/ Deira) are neither happy or wealthy. Or perhaps they perceive themselves to be - and maybe that's all you need.