Post-Crisis Era

Dr. Abdulla Alkhayat

Most of the time, we do not appreciate what we possess or realize the affluence and well-being we enjoy unless we experience a new situation or deprivation of what we own. As a matter of fact, contradictions are one of the secrets of realizing the difference and highlighting the discrepancy. It is a way to help us discover things that make us more mature in dealing with variables. It also contributes to changing our convictions or redesigning our values and beliefs, which are usually the baseline of our judgments and decisions.

We once believed that a big house, luxury car, and other extravagances were indicators of quality of life. They were material factors as opposed to nonmaterial factors that included feelings and associated sensations. We used to focus on tangible things, ignoring many intangible values, which represented elements without which life is incomplete, or in other words, things that could not substitute life.

Suddenly, Covid-19 appeared. It was the Creator’s precious gift and lesson, which came with a challenging, realistic experience. At that moment, we realized that freedom was more important than imprisonment in a big house, even if all means of entertainment and luxury were available. Life seemed different, and we knew it came to change our lives in some way.

In this post-crisis era, the criteria for judging priorities changed. The quality of life is now focusing on the characteristics that affect the individual’s physical and psychological health. This was reflected in the planning of vital facilities by building neighborhoods with features that stimulate moving and sports practices to improve the individual’s health with time and help to create a new culture based on sustainable health practices. On the other hand, it was proved that taking care of mental health depended on changing the individual’s lifestyle to create a balance between work and social life. During the crisis, we discovered that we were looking for real social communication, which could only be attained by meeting loved ones, spending more quality time with family, and living in peace with neighbors and friends to recharge the psychological battery and renew vitality. In the end, human relations are what create the difference in life.

In this post-crisis era, everything became clearer. As a result, it led to the changing or renewal of cities’ planning and facilities design to generate integration between infrastructure, changing lifestyles, and the individual’s daily activities to enhance human relations.

Because Dubai is the icon of the world, the city did not recognize the loss. On the contrary, it positively benefited from the crisis to make the post-crisis era a new extension for the future of living in the city by launching the Dubai Quality of Life Strategy, which will alter the features of the city and contribute to the individual lifestyle by focusing on creating a strategic integration between infrastructure, urban planning, and quality of life. It is our hope to see it, as usual, a unique global model driving change.

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