Sur­vey asks re­tired Abu Dhabi res­i­dents about chal­lenges of life after ca­reer ends

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Re­tired Abu Dhabi res­i­dents are be­ing urged to open up about the chal­lenges of life after work in a wide-rang­ing new sur­vey.

The Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment is call­ing for candid views on a range of is­sues, from plan­ning for re­tire­ment, how much pen­sion peo­ple re­ceive each month and whether suit­able fi­nan­cial and so­cial sup­port is in place for those leav­ing em­ploy­ment.

Re­spon­dents are be­ing asked what ser­vices should be rolled out for re­tired peo­ple as a pri­or­ity, in­clud­ing coun­selling pro­grammes to sup­port men­tal health, vol­un­teer­ing ini­tia­tives and train­ing and skills schemes to al­low re­tirees to con­tinue to play an ac­tive role in so­ci­ety and im­part their knowl­edge and ex­per­tise.

The au­thor­ity is hop­ing to re­ceive at least 8,000 re­sponses – from male and fe­male pen­sion­ers liv­ing in the emi­rate – to en­sure peo­ple re­ceive the help and as­sis­tance they need to make a smooth tran­si­tion from em­ploy­ment.

Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, chair­man of the depart­ment, said the UAE is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic dur­ing all stages of life.

“The gov­ern­ment is in­vested in meet­ing the needs of res­i­dents dur­ing the dif­fer­ent stages of their lives, to im­prove liv­ing stan­dards and [en­sure] a com­fort­able life for all,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the UAE gov­ern­ment, Emi­ratis work­ing in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors are el­i­gi­ble for pen­sions and other re­tire­ment ben­e­fits after reach­ing the re­tire­ment age of 49 or serv­ing a min­i­mum of 20 years in to­tal. Ex­pa­tri­ate em­ploy­ees have their end-of-ser­vice en­ti­tle­ment cov­ered by the UAE’s gra­tu­ity scheme.

The anony­mous on­line sur­vey – avail­able in Ara­bic and English – takes about 10 min­utes to com­plete and con­sists of mul­ti­ple-choice ques­tions.

It is just the lat­est ef­fort by the depart­ment to gauge opin­ion across the emi­rate on a va­ri­ety of top­ics.

In Septem­ber, Abu Dhabi res­i­dents were asked to of­fer their opin­ions on ev­ery­thing from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and fi­nan­cial debt to polygamy and eat­ing habits, in a ma­jor study of fam­ily life.

Res­i­dents can take part in the lat­est ques­tion­naire on­line by vis­it­ing https://bit. ly/32zb­n6v

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