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91% of UAE residents trust science, finds survey


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Ninety one per cent of UAE residents trust science and appreciate the relevance of technology to their everyday lives more so than the rest of the world, as revealed in the fifth edition of 3M’s 2022 State of Science Index (SOSI).

The 3M survey further revealed global attitudes toward science and technology, in the UAE- 88 per cent trust scientists; 37 per cent of people completely agree that they defend science when it is questioned (vs 23 per cent global average); 76 per cent agreed on the importance of science in their everyday life (vs. 52 per cent global average).

The 3M research also found that today, science is more relevant to people in the UAE than a year ago, as three-quarters (76 per cent) agree that it is essential to them in their everyday life versus 68 per cent in 2021.

In addition, 92 per cent of people surveyed in the UAE want to hear more from scientists about their work – a clear opportunity for more scientists to communicate directly on news and social media platforms.

Regarding the environment and sustainability, 92 per cent in the UAE believe people should adopt a scientific approach to help make the world more sustainable (slightly higher than the global average of 88 per cent).

The study also showed that the immediacy of the climate crisis is becoming more apparent, with 79 per cent of people in the UAE expressing their concerns about climate change as a critical environmental issue.

“It is promising to see the deep trust held in science and technology in the UAE. The nation’s leadership has successfully placed science, technology, and sustainability at the core of its transition to a knowledge-based economy with wide support from its citizens and residents. With a firm belief in the power of science and its commitment to global climate change, the United Arab Emirates is well placed to host next year’s COP28 UN Climate Change Conference,” said Laszlo Svinger, Vice-President and Managing Director MEA at 3M.

The UAE is a testbed for futuristic technologies and has built strong public confidence in its scientific initiatives, with 91 per cent of the people believing that they will depend more on scientific knowledge in the future.

The 3M research found that in the UAE 41 per cent believe that self-driving cars will become a regular part of life within the next five years and 89 per cent are confident in the prospect of riding in an autonomous or self-driving vehicle where there is no human driver.


Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

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