According the UN Human Development Report 2018 unveiled yesterday Norway topped the list followed by Switzerland, Austraila, Ireland and Germany.
United Arab Emirates ranked 34th in the report and is the first country in the Arab World to hold this spot. UAE came eight places ahead of last year’s ranking.
The data was provided to the UN by the Ministry of Education and Federal Authority for Competitiveness. The labor force data were updated due to the unification of the labor force survey and concerted efforts between the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and the Ministry of Human Resources Localization and all local census centers in the country.
The Director General of the Federal Competitiveness Authority Abdullah Lootah said “United Arab Emirates is now the leader in the field of human development, ranking first among the Arab countries in the Human Development Report and the 34th in the world out of 189 countries covered by the report.”
He added that “This progress is a result of the successful policies adopted by the wise leadership, which has been based on the development of human resources in the country and the achievement of the highest rates of development and growth in the fields of education, health and quality of life, in line with its vision to achieve sustainable development in all fields. The Government of the United Arab Emirates is acting in accordance with the guidance of the wise leadership to take bold steps to achieve its vision and move to a sustainable, knowledge-based economy. It can not be achieved without a development strategy for our human resources and an integrated building plan for young capabilities and skills.”
Abdullah Lootah concluded by saying that “UAE will continue to support national skills and competencies to take their natural place in leading the process of renaissance and current development to ensure a promising and sustainable future for future generations.”