His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, announced that the UAE is the preferred country to live for 46% of Arab youth, followed by the United States, 33%, then Canada, Britain and Germany, according to the most recent and largest study Arab youth in 17 Arab countries for “ASDA’A BCW”.
His Highness affirmed that “the UAE is the country of everyone … and we have tried to build a successful model … our experience, our doors and our books will remain open to all.”
His Highness said on Twitter: “The most recent and largest study of Arab youth in 17 Arab countries for the benefit of BCW echoes showed that almost half of the Arab youth thinks about emigrating from their country .. It is painful that half of our Arab wealth wants to emigrate .. It is painful when the Arab youth cannot find a home. And security and living in his homeland ».
His Highness added: “The poll also indicated that 77% of Arab youth believe that government corruption exists in their countries … and 87% of them are concerned about unemployment in their countries … and we say that if governments are corrupted, the country is ruined and its security diminished … and its people left it .. and everyone is responsible. He will be accountable to God .. The story does not end here ».
His Highness added: “The survey also indicated that the UAE is the preferred country to live for 46% of Arab youth, followed by the United States 33%, then Canada, Britain and Germany … and we tell them that the UAE is the country of everyone … and we tried to build a successful model .. Our experience, our doors and our books will remain open to all. ”
Yesterday, the results of the 12th annual BCW survey of Arab youth opinion revealed that the UAE will continue for the ninth year in a row as the “favorite country” for Arab youth, while this result reflects the country’s position among Arab youth as one of the best places to live and a role model. To the rest of the Arab world.
While the results also included, the UAE ranked first for the best country to emulate, while 89% of Arab youth saw the UAE among the 3 most important Arab powers that left their mark, in addition to being the first place as the best global leadership in the fight against “Covid 19”, while it was associated The same applies to Arab youth, with ideas of security, job opportunities, remunerative salaries, a growing economy, and a distinguished destination to start a family.
The survey included 4000 young men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 from 17 Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa, with a gender distribution of 50-50, while the research was conducted in two phases, as the main poll included 3400 personal interviews, conducted between 19 January and March 3, 2020, before the impact of the “Covid 19” pandemic reached the region, while the “Covid 19 Pulse” poll was conducted in the second phase between August 18 and 26, 2020 in 6 Arab countries, and included 600 personal and online interviews.
In detail, the results showed that when Arab youth were asked about the country they aspire to live in, about half of Arab youths 46% chose the UAE, while the United States came in second place 33%, followed by Canada 27%, the United Kingdom 27%, and Germany 22%, while The UAE ranked first (52%) when asking Arab youth in the Middle East and North Africa region about the country they want their countries to emulate, while the United States ranked second with 30%, followed by Germany 23%, Canada 21%, and Japan 20%.
Security and safety
The Arab youth mentioned several factors when asked specifically about the most common ideas related to the UAE, and the solution to the first five ranks is security and safety 44%, the wide range of job opportunities 36%, remunerative salaries 32%, the growing economy 31%, and the distinguished destination to form a family of 25%. .
89% of the youth believed that the UAE is an ally of their country, in addition to being one of the 3 most important emerging powers that succeeded in leaving the largest footprint in the Arab world, along with Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, while reflecting this and confirming the steadfast position of the state throughout the Arab world.
The UAE ranked first as the best leadership in the world in combating the Corona pandemic (Covid 19), and the government efforts made in this regard were praised by Emirati youth, with 98% saying that they are now “more proud” of their national affiliation than they were before the pandemic, as well. Emirati youth agree 100% of the government’s handling of the pandemic.
The results of the largest independent study on youth in the Middle East and North Africa region, conducted by the Global Strategic Analysis and Research Agency (PSB) for ASDA’A BCW, revealed the views of Arab youth on a range of topics, including anti-government protests. That erupted last year in several parts of the region, as did gender rights, personal identity, jobs, personal debt, international relations, and media content consumption.
Sunil John, president of PCW Middle East and founder of ASDA’A BCW, said that the UAE has for many years been a beacon of hope in the region. While this ideal and unique country, which celebrates social, religious and cultural pluralism, continues to win the admiration of Arab youth who consider it the best country in the world to live, and want their countries to emulate it, surpassing all its counterparts from Western and Eastern countries, stressing that this is the best evidence of the positive and forward-looking outlook that The UAE enjoys it, as a leadership and as a people.
He added that the results of the survey showed a growing sense of national belonging among the Emiratis, after their country recorded many unprecedented achievements during this exceptional year, including its success in launching the Hope Probe to Mars in the first Arab mission to space, and the signing of the peace agreement with Israel.
He stated that this is also reflected in other major results of the poll, as Emirati youth expressed opinions totally contradicting the majority of their counterparts in other countries, especially regarding their confidence in the capabilities of their government, the desire to emigrate, and national belonging, while half of the Arab youth in the region confirmed that they had considered leaving As a result of the lack of job opportunities and rampant government corruption, 90% of Emirati youth denied thinking about the issue.
Hussein Ibish, senior resident researcher at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, indicated that the UAE has managed in recent years to establish a new Arab model for how government and society interact with a diverse group of individuals and societies, based on pluralism, tolerance and diversity, while this model stands in contrast. Completely from the closed religious tendencies that reject foreigners in some other Arab countries, as the poll indicates that the UAE has succeeded in resolving this issue in its favor.
The survey provides evidence-based insights about the attitudes of more than 200 million Arab youth, considering that 65% of the Arab population is young people under the age of thirty, and it also provides public and private sector institutions with important data and analysis to help them make the right decisions and set sound policies. The results can be downloaded free of charge from www.arabyouthsurvey.com.
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