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Study on the UAE’s Commitment to Health and Wellbeing

February 1, 2024

The UAE tops global charts with exceptional vitality scores, according to the Cigna Healthcare Vitality Study.

The report concludes that the UAE is committed to a holistic health approach which has contributed to higher-than-average vitality levels, and a better work-life balance, positioning the country as a frontrunner in health and wellbeing. 

The Cigna Healthcare Vitality Study is based on a global survey of over 10,000 respondents in 12 markets, across eight key aspects of vitality – emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

“The high vitality scores reported in this study, as well as the country’s focus on mental, emotional, and social aspects of health amid global challenges reflect our community’s strength and the need for continued emphasis on comprehensive wellbeing strategies,” said Jérôme Droesch, CEO of Domestic Health and Health Services, International Health, Cigna Healthcare.

According to the study, 32% of UAE respondents reported high vitality levels, surpassing the global average of 17%.

Cigna said these numbers “underscores” the effectiveness of the UAE’s strategies in promoting holistic wellbeing.

The report also said that 61% of UAE employees embrace office work, noting improved concentration and coworker relationships; but financial stress weighs heavy with 99% of respondents reporting burnout symptoms.

Cigna said that employer’s Role in Health Enhancement: In the UAE, 74% of employees feel challenged by inflation in the context of maintaining health, with 77% desiring more employer support. Private health insurance plans (83%), flexible work arrangements (35%), and mental health support (33%) are the top employee preferences for health programs.

Cigna Healthcare launched the evolution of its flagship 360 Well-Being survey, named as ‘The Vitality Study’ as the concept of health has went beyond the physical aspects of it. 

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