The UAE aspires to become the happiest country in the world, and Dubai Police have decided to pursue that goal in a unique way.


Emirati police have installed a giant smiling emoji on the roof of Deira's Al Muraqqabat Police Station. 

The smiling emoji sports a police cap and throws a peace sign to those below

Dubai police major general said the installation aims to give "hope to all those who are looking at it" and will lead to a "spirit of optimism," according to an official Facebook post.

While the emoji is just in Deira for now, the friendly yellow faces will start popping up all over Dubai in the near future. 

It's part of the UAE's happiness initiative

UAE Minister of Happiness Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi

In February of 2016, the UAE showed its commitment to making its citizens and residents happy by appointing its first-ever minister of happiness.

The Ministry of Happiness, which is led by Minister Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, is concerned with promoting and sustaining happiness throughout the UAE.

In March, the UAE launched the World Happiness Council

The World Happiness Council aims to improve the state of happiness throughout the UAE and across the world, focusing on health, education, environment, personal happiness, happy cities, and community standards for happiness.  

A "happiness district" is also being built

Calling it a world's first, the development by Dubai South, will be an "innovative concept in urban living that aims to create a city that is based on the happiness and wellbeing of people."

The development will uniquely address residents' everyday needs by creating a highly walkable city with plenty of parking spots and enough entry points to eliminate traffic congestion.

It's safe to say that the UAE takes happiness more seriously than other countries

Currently, the UAE is ranked as the 21st happiest country in the world on the World Happiness Report 2017 [PDF]. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, ruler of Dubai and vice president and prime minister of the UAE, has previously voiced the nation's goal of reaching the top of that ranking within the coming years.

A lot of Arabs already see the UAE as the ideal place to build a life.

According to the 2015 Arab Youth Survey, more young Arab people want to live in the UAE than in any other country in the world. The country leads with 20 percent of respondents selecting the Gulf nation followed by the United States with 15 percent, Germany with 10 percent, and Canada with 10 percent.

Apparently, the UAE is doing something right.