UAE named world’s second most trusted government

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UAE named world’s second most trusted government

The Edelman Confidence Index for 2022 demonstrated a steady growth in confidence in UAE leadership, with the country ranked second in the globe in terms of confidence, with a rate of 76 percent, slightly lower than China, which had an average of 83 percent.

The UAE government once again stands out as the institution with the highest levels of confidence, at 87 percent, a rise of seven points from 2021 and bolstering the UAE government’s status as one of the most trustworthy governments in the world.

The UAE government has been described as a strong unifying force that is recognized as a key participant in resolving societal issues and carrying out effective plans and initiatives.

The Edelman report also mentions businesses as a trusted institution, citing a twofold increase in confidence from 2021 levels, from 67 percent to 78 percent as a second enterprise in terms of trust volume.

Companies and their CEOs are expected to play a key role in addressing difficulties that go beyond attaining corporate objectives, according to the research.

Companies in the UAE have a broad mandate, according to poll respondents, who see CEOs as pioneers in addressing issues such as job security, technology, automation, sustainability, and fair pay.

In the UAE, Trust in all four institutions — the government, companies, NGOs, and the media — increased by six points in 2022, indicating a strong degree of economic optimism in the country.

In contrast to the decline in optimism in Western democracies about the world, 78 percent of UAE respondents said they will be in a better situation with their families in five years, demonstrating the government’s and businesses’ cooperation in addressing societal concerns and achieving tangible progress in trust rates.

“The rate of trust in the UAE government has increased significantly compared to last year, in a way that is different from what is currently prevalent in the world, after last year witnessed a state of uncertainty at the level of global issues such as climate change and rising commodity prices. We are now witnessing an increase in economic optimism in the UAE, and people are confident that they will be in a better position within five years,” said Omar Qirem, CEO of Edelman Middle East.

“Thanks to the collaboration between the public and private sectors and clear leadership, trust in both the government and businesses has risen. This cooperation will provide an opportunity to focus on tangible goals, enabling all institutions to maintain and even enhance trust in 2022, as leaders seek to take real actions aimed at meeting societal needs,” he added.

The Edelman Confidence Index for 2022 is based on a research study undertaken by the data and analysis consultancy Edelman. It drew almost 36,000 people from 28 different nations this year.

Other key findings from the 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer: UAE, include:

  • Employer communications, together with the National Government, are two of the most reliable sources of information
  • My employer is trusted around the world (85 percent) and grew + 10 points over last year
  • CEOs are expected to be the face of change, with 85% believing that when addressing public policy with external stakeholders, CEOs should be personally visible.
  • 81 percent see CEOs as a trusted societal leaders – a double digital increase compared to 2021
  • 68 percent of respondents want CEOs to speak publicly about controversial social and political issues that they care about
  • 72 percent worry about false information or fake news, reaching an all-time high
  • 45 percent of respondents tend to distrust until they see evidence of something trustworthy
  • Information quality is the most powerful trust builder in Government, Business, NGOs and Media. KMB/Expat Media

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