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And the poll wars continue. 

Following last week’s Happy Planet Index sinking Qatar’s satisfaction levels, Gallup has issued a new report saying that people here are rather optimistic about their lives.

The big caveat, according to the poll’s fine print, is that no non-Arab expats were interviewed for the survey, which measured positive emotions in 148 countries and areas in 2011 using five questions. 

“It is estimated that more than half of the adult population is excluded,” the report states with regards to Qatar and the UAE.


Between February and May of last year, Gallup surveyed more than 2,000 Qataris and Arab expats via landline and mobile phone in Arabic.

Some 74 percent responded positively when asked, among other things, whether they experienced joy in their days, smiled and laughed, felt well-rested and were treated with respect.

The results are comparable with global averages of satisfaction, the organization reports:

Gallup found that 85% of adults worldwide felt treated with respect all day, 72% smiled and laughed a lot, 73% felt enjoyment a lot of the day, and 72% felt well-rested. The only emotion that less than half of people worldwide reported experiencing was getting to learn or do something interesting the previous day, at 43%. Despite many global challenges, people worldwide are experiencing many positive emotions.

Latin Americans were deemed the most positive people in the world, while Iraqis and Yemenis polled were among the least likely to report feelings happy emotions.


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One in three Qataris aged 15-29 plan to start their own business within the next year, according to a new report published by the Qatar’s job creation initiative Silatech and the Gallup research firm.

According to the study, entrepreneurship amongst the younger demographic in the region has been steadily falling since 2009, going from an average 26% across the Arab world to 9% in the fall of 2011. This is attributed to the global economic recession, and political turmoil across the Middle East.

Only Qatar has seen a rising number of young entrepreneurs, Silatech says, going from 24% in 2009 to 33% in its most recent poll. And the reasons for that? They have access to resources like funds, training & mentors.

Says Gallup:

Young Qataris’ likelihood of starting businesses appears to be increasing as conditions become more favorable for entrepreneurs. The government is vigorously promoting support services for aspiring and current entrepreneurs as young Qataris seek to start a business.

All the same, and despite changing attitudes, Silatech found that most Qatar (58%) would prefer to work for the government, in line with views across the region. And with last year’s announcement of a 60% pay rise for all Qatari government employees, why wouldn’t they.

Read the full report:

Credit: Photo of Qatari entrepreneur Khalifa Haroon by ictQatar