A new study by the Arab Youth Survey reveals an overwhelming majority of 200 million young Arabs voted in favour of the UAE as the best country to live in.
Every year, the Annual ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Survey interviews thousands of Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region aged 18-24 years covering a variety of topics, issues and what lies in the future ahead for the region. This year’s survey features ten key findings after interviewing 3,400 participants, and for the ninth consecutive time, a majority of the interviewees voted the UAE as the nation they want to emigrate too.
46% of Arab youth want to move to the UAE
As per Arab Youth Survey’s findings, 46% voted the UAE as the most desirable country to live in, followed by the US with 33% votes, Canada and the UK getting 27% votes respectively and 22% wanting to move to Germany.
It’s worth mentioning the UAE outscored numerous developed nations like the US, France, Canada, the UK, Germany to retain its rank atop for nine years.
Photograph credit: Dubai Media Office
What’s more, the Arab youth look at the UAE as a model nation for their home country to emulate.
Sheikh Mohammed: “The UAE is everyone’s country”
Following the survey’s release, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister says everyone is welcome in his country, emphasizing on the “successful model” Dubai has set for the Middle East its doors “will remain open to all.”
Unemployment, corruption and emigration among top issues young Arabs face
Besides the UAE’s ranking, this year’s Arab Youth Survey findings revealed a slew of issues young Arabs are facing. First off, 42% of interviewees revealed they want to leave their country especially in the aftermath of the Coronavirus outbreak, followed by a staggering 77% believe government corruption exists in their home country, and 87% of the participants are concerned about unemployment.
Sheikh Mohammed took to Twitter, lashing out about corruption among politicians in the Middle East, saying a country is “ruined” if its government is corrupt, and shared his concern he’s “pained” by knowing “Arab youth do not find a homeland, safety and livelihood” in his home countries.
Read more about this year’s Arab Youth Survey findings here.
(Featured photograph credit: Dubai Media Office)