ASDA’A BCW’s thirteenth Arab youth opinion poll, released yesterday, revealed that Arab youth, for the tenth year in a row, chose the UAE as a country they aspire to live in, and want their countries to emulate.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stressed that the UAE is a country and home for everyone, and our relations will remain positive with everyone.
His Highness said in a tweet on Twitter: “The latest study of Arab youth in 17 Arab countries for (ASDA’A BCW) showed that the UAE is the preferred country to live for 47% of Arab youth, followed by the United States 19%, then Canada 15%. We say that the UAE is everyone’s country..and everyone’s home..and our experience will remain available to everyone..and our relations will remain positive with everyone.
The survey, conducted by BSP Insights, a company specialized in global strategic analysis and studies, this year included 3,400 Arab citizens, aged between 18 and 24 years, in 50 cities across 17 countries, during the period between June 6-30, 2021. Equally between men and women.
About half of the Arab youth, 47%, chose the UAE as their preferred destination to live, which is more than double the number that chose the United States, which came in second place, according to the survey. Almost the same percentage (46%) said that the UAE is the country they want their countries to emulate, followed by the United States (28%), then Canada and Germany (12% each), and France (11%).
When asked about the reason for choosing the UAE; About a third of Arab youth (28%) referred to the country’s growing economy and the vast opportunities it provides, while the factors of clean environment, security and safety and generous salary packages ranked high among the reasons mentioned by Arab youth.
Sunil John, President of BCW Middle East and North Africa and founder of ASDA’A BCW, said: “There is no doubt that the results are very joyful, especially as it coincides with the UAE’s celebration this year of half a century since its founding, and its preparation for another fifty years. of prosperity and success.
John added: “With the repercussions of (Covid-19) receding, in light of the proactive efforts made by the wise leadership of the UAE, and the launch of (Expo 2020 Dubai) activities amid great global interest; There is a clear spirit of positivity and optimism dominating the results of this year, especially since the confidence of Emirati youth in the economic vision of their country continues to record high global levels.”
Arab youth in general in the Middle East and North Africa region expressed optimism about the future. According to the survey, about two-thirds (60%) said that their next days would be better, and in the UAE, 90% of Emirati youth said that “their coming days are better.”
While nearly two-thirds of Emirati youth (62%) expect to have a better life than their parents; 99% of them considered their country’s economy to be moving in the right direction, compared to 97% last year. Moreover, all young Emirati men and women surveyed this year said that their leadership cares about their opinions, which is another inspiring result in conjunction with the UAE’s celebration of the golden jubilee of its founding.
John said: “It is clear that the feeling of national pride is one of the main axes of our findings in the UAE, as 41% of Emiratis said that their nationality is essential to their personal identity, more than double the rate registered regionally, and this shows the impact of the message of national unity that is trying to The Emirati leadership is consolidating it among the youth.”
John explained: “Emirati youth also praised their country’s efforts to promote gender equality, with more than eight out of 10 saying that men and women have equal rights and job opportunities; This is also much higher than the regional average. Despite the positivity of Emirati youth in general, about nine out of 10 (87%) of Emirati young men and women said that they are still “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about “Covid-19”, while 82% expressed concern about the high costs of Living… The quality of education ranked third among the sources of concern, as more than three quarters (77%) of the respondents indicated it.
While the issue of unemployment emerged as a major challenge in this year’s survey across the Middle East and North Africa in general, only 6% of Emiratis indicated that they – or a member of their family – had lost their jobs due to the “Covid-19” pandemic.
• 9 out of 10 Emiratis think that their next days will be better.
• 8 out of 10 Emiratis believe that men and women have equal rights and opportunities.
Deputy Head of State:
• “The UAE is the preferred country for 47% of Arab youth to live in. We say our experience will remain available to all.”
Most Arab youth are optimistic about the future
ASDA’A BCW’s survey revealed that most Arab youth in the Middle East and North Africa region believe that their coming days will be better, despite the pandemic, ongoing conflicts, and the unprecedented economic decline in the region. The respondents expressed their hope that their governments would take the initiative to tackle nepotism and corruption, and provide them with more support to launch their own businesses.
60% of the participating Arab youth expressed their optimism about the future, which is the highest level of optimism recorded by the survey in five years.
The survey report, titled “The Future with Renewed Hopes,” highlights the optimism enjoyed by Arab youth; Almost half (48%) said they would have a better life than their parents, the highest percentage in the last three years. Half of the respondents also said their countries’ economies are moving in the right direction.
The UAE’s ambassador to the United States and Minister of State, Yousef Mani’ Al-Otaiba, said that “the data contained in the ASDA’A BCW poll indicate a fundamental shift taking place in the region. As young people adopt a more optimistic outlook, at the same time they are undergoing a series of profound changes that are currently taking place, and receive a growing nationalist spirit, as this generation increasingly looks to the brotherly Arab countries to lead the future of the region.”