Dubai New Year’s banners are nothing new.
They were first spotted in 2003 when the UAE’s crown prince visited the UAE, a country with the lowest rate of birth in the world.
The city’s rulers were keen to show their support for the new year.
“I think people here have been very keen to celebrate this new year and I think we can use this occasion to help the people of Dubai to look forward to a brighter future,” Prince Mohammed said.
The banners have been adopted across the city since then.
But the UAE still needs to improve its birth rate.
“The UAE is still very far from reaching its target of having more children per woman and, to date, it has achieved that target by relying heavily on its reliance on the government, its social welfare agencies, and social service agencies to care for the needy,” said Dr. Adel Abdel-Hamid, a reproductive health specialist and consultant to the World Health Organization.
“So the number of babies that we can expect is not enough to meet our needs.
So the number needs to be increased.”
In Dubai, one in three babies is born in the first three months of pregnancy, the highest rate of any country in the region.
To ensure that the UAE is a family-friendly city, the government has started to promote more family-orientated activities, including a new public health campaign that encourages mothers to get prenatal visits and breastfeeding.
However, there are still some areas that still struggle with birth rates, such as rural areas, where only two women out of 10 live in households with two or more children.