Abu Dhabi positive of COVID recovery by Year-End; DCD Survey

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Abu Dhabi’s Department of Community Development (DCD) has published the final results of “life after coronavirus survey” which collected responses from more than 47,000 participants.

The survey was conducted to analyze the community’s lifestyles, impacts and expectations post-pandemic, highlighting the most prominent challenges to benefit from this experience and ensure better planning for the future.

Demography of participants 

Male: 45 percent

Female: 55 percent

Major Insights 

Return to normalcy 

  • 55 percent of total respondents expect the life would return to normal in Abu Dhabi this year.
  • 14 percent expected that life would return in mid-2021 and
  • 29 percent remained undecided.


  • 83 percent of respondents view businesses and commercial activities being innovative post-pandemic
  • 82 percent affirmed that organizations would adopt a digital approach and
  • 81 percent were convinced that digital solutions and online transactions would become the norm.


  • 63 percent of job seekers expect that they will secure a job, and
  • 75 percent believe that remote working will become a common practice post-pandemic.


  • 54 percent of parents in Abu Dhabi would send their children back to schools once they reopen in September while keeping in mind the prevention and precaution measures.
  • 27 percent indicated that their decision depends on the circumstances, and
  • 19 percent prefer to continue with the education remotely.


  • 80 percent believed technology contributed to improving the quality of life and
  • 76 percent were able to figure out new high-tech products by themselves.

Government Response to COVID-19 

92 percent of participants confirmed that they are fully confident of the government entities and the response of authorities and their ability in dealing with the pandemic.

Dr. Muna Al Bahar, Advisor to the Chairman of DCD, stated, “The life after coronavirus survey is a series of surveys and studies the DCD launched to analyze the impacts and the effects of the pandemic on the families and the community, DCD has relied on a scientific tool in conducting studies that can determine future challenges inline with the current circumstances, to escalate them to decision-makers to ensure future anticipation and provision of better life quality.”

Al Bahar added, “The final results indicated the awareness of the future expectations while benefitting from the pandemic experience. Abu Dhabi has achieved many proactive measures to provide a safe and dignified life for all, and today we are moving to a new phase of awareness to ensure the smooth, gradual return to normal life. We must think ahead about the future, challenges and create plans to perceive the future.”

“We are confident with a better tomorrow, all the indications reflect the stability of the situation in comparison to the other countries around the world,” Dr. Muna assured.