The United Arab Emirates is once again one of the most reliable countries in the world, according to Edelman Trust 2023 analyses.

The country was ranked as the third most trustworthy country in the world, measured by the trust index for business, NGOs, government and media, with all four institutions achieving high scores.

Omar Qirem, CEO of Edelman Middle East, said: “Economic optimism continues to decline globally, with 24 of the 28 countries in our survey recording historically low levels, and 53% of respondents worldwide saying their countries are more divided today. than in the past. “Despite this cycle of mistrust fueling polarization around the world, the UAE is once again bucking this trend, emerging as a highly unified country in the Edelman Trust Barometer 2023 report.”

“The UAE’s clear long-term social and economic policies have seen the country become one of the world’s most popular and sought-after destinations, attracting expatriates, businesses and tourists while preserving the country’s unique cultural heritage and identity,” said Kirem.

“As trust continues to maintain high levels in the UAE, businesses and CEOs should take a public stand on societal issues, including climate change, discrimination, the wealth gap and the treatment of employees. Together, business and government can play a vital role in delivering results that push us towards a fairer, safer and more prosperous society,” he added.

With 86% of the vote, the UAE government once again comes out on top as the most reliable institution, closely followed by companies with 78%.

According to the report, which surveyed 32,000 people in 28 different countries, people’s confidence in the UAE is unshaken despite widespread problems such as conflict and climate change that have polarized society.

This high level of trust in the UAE is due to respondents’ perception that the government, private sector and NGOs are ethical and effective.

As a result, the UAE tops the list when it comes to economic optimism: 72% of those surveyed believe that their financial situation will improve within five years, compared with 40% worldwide, down 10% on 2022.

A high level of trust in the UAE’s institutions fosters a sense of cohesion and unity, while other countries are experiencing deep polarization and weakened social structures, largely due to mistrust of government, lack of common identity and inequality.

The study was carried out between November 1 and November 28, 2022, and was prepared by the Edelman Trust Institute.