ASDA’A BCW’s 13th Arab Youth Survey, released today, revealed that for the tenth year in a row, Arab youth chose the UAE as a country they aspire to live in and want their countries to emulate.
The survey, conducted by BSP Insights, a company specialized in global strategic analysis and studies, this year included 3,400 Arab citizens between the ages of 18 and 24 in 50 cities across 17 countries during the period between June 6-30, 2021. The survey sample was divided equally between men and women.
About half of 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.
Commenting on the results of the survey, 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 the UAE celebrates this year its half-century anniversary and is preparing 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 His country’s economic vision is still recording high international levels.”
Despite the depressing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread economic turmoil and ongoing military conflicts in several parts of the region, Arab youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have generally expressed optimism for the future. According to the poll, about two-thirds (60%) said that their coming days would be better. 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 its golden jubilee.
John continued, “It is clear that a sense of national pride is one of the main axes of our findings in the UAE, with 41% of Emiratis saying that their nationality is essential to their personal identity, more than double the regional average. This shows the impact of the message of national unity that is trying to The Emirati leadership is consolidating it among the youth.”
“Young Emiratis also praised their country’s efforts to promote gender equality, with more than 8 out of 10 saying that men and women have equal rights and employment opportunities, which is also significantly higher than the regional average,” John explained.
Despite the positivity of Emirati youth in general, about 9 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 rise in Cost of living. . The quality of education ranked third among the sources of concern, as indicated by more than three quarters (77%) of the respondents.
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.