Arab youths want to live in the UAE, survey finds

Arab youths want to live in the UAE, survey finds
Published: 3 May 2017 - 11:30 a.m.
By: Parag Deulgaonkar

The UAE continues to remain the most popular country for young Arabs since 2012, but a new 2017 Arab Youth Survey finds a double-digit increase in the number of Arabs who to live in the UAE.

In fact, the survey conducted by ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller along with Penn Schoen Berland, found one in three young Arabs wanted to live in the UAE – an increase of 13 percent this year compared to 2016.

The survey found that the popularity of the UAE was almost twice that of the United States, with 70 percent of the Arab respondents agreeing President Donald Trump holding anti-Muslim views, with survey takers in GCC finding the American leader more hostile or racist towards Muslims.

Saudi Arabia climbed one place to replace Germany for the third position in the top five list of countries where Arab youth want to stay. Germany was pushed back to the fifth slot with the fourth going to Canada.

The UAE remained the model country that Arab youths look at and want their countries to emulate, with nearly 36 percent voting in its favour. The US lost favour among the region’s youth, with only 15 percent voting for it compared to 19 percent last year.

Thirty-one percent of the respondents said the UAE was a safe and secure country, with 25 percent finding the economy to be growing and offering wide range of work opportunities.

In eight Arab nations, a majority of youth now consider the US their enemy, twice as many as 2016, with Russia having replaced the US as the top non-Arab ally, according the survey.

The survey results are based on 3,500 face-to-face interviews with participants from 16 countries in the MENA region.

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