Childhood Happiness Key to Urban Development

DUBAI, MAY 21, 2017 – Canadian University Dubai Associate Professor for the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Dr. Hoshiar Nooraddin, recently presented a paper on “Childhood Happiness as an Urban Development Strategy” at the 2017 Ajman International Urban Development Conference, which took place in April.

The paper, which explores the issue of children welfare in urban settings, received praise from His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of the Emirate of Ajman and a member of the UAE Supreme Council of the Union.

“The well-being of children is a global issue,” explains Dr. Nooraddin.  “Many cities around the world don’t consider the needs of children, such as parks, green spaces, sporting and educational areas, when conducting urban planning for many reasons, like poverty, conflict or simply forgetting about them.  However, factoring in the well-being of children when creating urban development strategies leads to positive future outcomes and happiness for all levels of society, so it should really be a top consideration when planning a city’s growth.”

The conference was organized by the Municipality of Ajman and hosted delegations from cities that take happiness and tolerance into consideration when planning their urban growth, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Japan, France, Germany, Austria, and Canada.