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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
HIGH STANDARDS

Previous chapters in this Yearbook have outlined the enormous strides made in economic and infrastructural development in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). However a diversified economic base and sophisticated modern cities equipped with advanced telecommunications, electricity and water networks are but a means towards an end, i.e. the provision of a high standard of living for all the UAE’s citizens. Social development therefore, most particularly the nurturing of the country’s primary resource, its people, has been a major focus of the UAE Government since the formation of the federation. All available resources have been harnessed to provide an advanced social infrastructure, especially in education, health and social welfare.
Thus, for example, budgeted expenditure on health for the year 2000 was Dh 1.613 billion and expenditure on education was Dh 5.260 billion, accounting for 23 per cent of total public expenditure.
As a result, the standard of living for all UAE citizens has improved greatly since 1971; consequently, the UAE was ranked forty-fifth in the United Nations Human Development Index for the year 2000. This index assesses the quality of life based on income, educational standards, life expectancy and health care in 174 countries worldwide.

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