Arab Country Happiness Index 2018/19

Arab Country Happiness Index 2018/19

Jordan wins the coveted number one good Arab country happiness award 2018/19

The country is a mosaic of different ethnic, religious, and racial communities who live in harmony among themselves and with their government who in turn makes a positive contribution to the welfare and happiness of its people

Jordan’s contribution on the Middle Eastern stage was considered outstanding particularly in matters relating to Israeli, Arab and international relations and the settlement of foreigners in the country. (Over 70% of Jordan’s population is of Palestinian origins, Christians, Armenians, Cherkess/Circassians and others). Our research shows that Jordan is one of the most hospitable and peaceful countries in the region and saw off strong competition from Oman and Morocco (two other monarchies) for the top spot.

1. Jordan 🇯🇴 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Comparatively open society freedom of thought, expression & mobility Welcoming and hospitable to visitors. Equal treatment of minorities. A forward, progressive internationally oriented royal family (since country’s foundation in 1921

Main negative; spread of drugs among the young and lack of recreational facilities.

Citizen’s happiness index HIGH

2. Oman 🇴🇲 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Oman is a safe country; Homogeneous population serious crime is rare. A high degree of citizens and settler’s satisfaction. Popular, trusted and liked ruling family. Freedom of the press, assembly and association is restricted

Citizens happiness index HIGH

3. Morocco 🇲🇦 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Apart from isolated incidents the country is generally peaceful and welcoming to overseas residents. Expatriates warn of theft and pickpocketing and the selling of fake products.

Citizens happiness index HIGH

4. Bahrain 🇧🇭 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The country is considered safe by its citizens and resident expatriates.

Its ranking 4th is in part due to the tensions between the Sunni and Shia segments of the population

Citizens happiness index GOOD

5. Tunisia 🇹🇳 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A stable and generally peaceful nation.

Harassment of foreigners is rare the country is moving towards a democratic society after the upheavals of the Arab Spring.

Citizens happiness index GOOD

6. Kuwait 🇰🇼 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kuwait is a safe crime free and hospitable state for most citizens.

Citizens happiness index: indigenous population GOOD
Citizens happiness index: stateless population (the Bidoons) BAD.  Demands for citizenship have  been denied.

7. Lebanon 🇱🇧 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Known as the “Switzerland of the Middle East” when the Christians were the predominant segment of the population and in control of the country” The flare up of the civil war 1975-1990. resulted in Muslim ascendancy and the birth of terrorist organisation Hezbollah. The equilibrium achieved between the various factions  resulted in fragile stability  in favour of Hezbollah.

Citizens happiness index GOOD

8. UAE 🇦🇪 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dubai, Abu Dhabi the jewels in the nation’s crown. High rise buildings and glitzy malls.

Appearances are deceiving.

Seventh century culture raises its head quite often. Foreign residents are warned not to forget they are in a Muslim country

Citizens happiness index GOOD

9. Egypt 🇪🇬 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Notwithstanding occurrence of sporadic terrorist attacks in North Sinai, & the Western Desert by the Muslim Brotherhood approval t of government actions is considerable Majority of population content.

Citizen’s happiness index GOOD

10. Qatar 🇶🇦 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Bipolar” society at its best. Glitz and glamour on the surface, Seventh Century culture beneath. High approval index for native Qataris. Very low for settlers.

Over 4000 deaths among migrant workers without compensation. Qatar state aided several terrorist organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Plays host to the leader of Hamas. Fraudulently “bought” the 2022 world cup.

Citizens happiness index: native population GOOD. Citizens happiness index: settlers BAD

11. Algeria 🇩🇿 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Algeria has improved its citizens’ safety and living conditions in recent years. However. index is still low due to political instability resulting in constant demonstrations demanding the  return to civilian rule .

Citizens happiness index MEDIOCRE

12. West Bank 🇵🇸 – ⭐️⭐️

Opportunities of economic development with Israel are wasted by political agitation often encouraged by politically myopic and self-serving leaders. Corruption endemic. Citizen’ happiness index is unpredictable and varies depending on the vagaries of day to day politics.

Citizens happiness index MEDIOCRE

13. Iraq 🇮🇶 – ⭐️⭐️

Iraq is not a safe place for its citizens While the influence of Sunni ISIS has diminished the influence of the pro Iran Shiite Hashd militia and others is in the ascendancy. A long way to go before normal day to day normality.

Citizen’s happiness index MEDIOCRE

14. Sudan 🇸🇩 – ⭐️

Uprising against military dictatorship ongoing. the country in the throes of a security chaos landmines, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism are an everyday occurrence. particularly in the Darfur region home of numerous extremist groups and inter-factional fighting. Life for the citizens and expatriates is intolerable.

Citizens happiness index BAD

15. Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 – NO STARS

First and only purely Islamic State in the Arab World. Financiers of terrorist groups (19 0f 21 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens inspired by the Saudi bin Laden). Totalitarian and brutal control of every aspect of life by a single-family numbering in the hundreds. Average 150 beheadings per year. Christians beheaded for  praying in the privacy of own home. Women face imprisonment for slightest infraction. Shiites minority persecuted & leader killed. Destroyed and laid to waste neighbouring impoverished Yemen killing over 20.000 civilians. Hijacked and detained Lebanese PM. Crown prince confirmed by CIA as responsible for murder and dismemberment of body of fellow Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. UN Human Rights considers Saudi State answerable for the crime… Non-Muslim expatriates have no rights of travel in country.

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

16. Gaza 🇵🇸 – NO STARS

The strip has great potential for development. Turned into a prison for its inhabitants under the ruthless control of terrorist Islamic Fundamentalist organization Hamas

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

17. Libya 🇱🇾 – NO STARS

Libya is in the throes of a civil war where landmines, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism are an everyday occurrence. Ongoing inter-factional fighting and the risk of being kidnapped by extremist groups makes life for its citizens intolerable.

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

18. Syria 🇸🇾 – NO STARS

Syria’s citizens have endured the worst humanitarian crisis in the 21st century. Half a million killed; over one million international refugees and over 3 million internally and regionally displaced.

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

19. Yemen 🇾🇪 – NO STARS

Due to the Saudi invasion, Yemen, the poorest nation in the Arab World, has been shattered by war. Half of the Yemeni people don’t have enough to eat Children and families are facing unimaginable terror and suffering and are living in medieval famine-like conditions

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

It was not possible to conduct research in Djibouti, Mauritania & Somalia listed as Arab countries by the Arab League.

Research by carried out often covertly by associates resident in the countries

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