The survey was conducted in 17 Arab countries
The UAE has been chosen as the dream country of Arab youth in an annual survey conducted by Asda BCW, a public relations agency in Dubai. The survey was among Arab youth between the ages of 18 and 24. 3,400 people from 17 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region took part in the survey. The survey was conducted through direct interviews. Most of them wanted their countries to follow the path of the UAE.
57 percent prefer UAE
When asked about their favorite city to live in, 57 percent of young Arabs in the UAE answered. According to Sunil John, Middlemost President of the agency, the main factors that attract young people to the United Arab Emirates are the good job opportunities, the quality of education, the cultural wealth of the region and social values. The United States is the second most preferred country for young Arabs to live in, followed by Canada, France and Germany. The United States was chosen as the country of choice by 24 percent of respondents. The survey also noted that 20 percent wanted to live in Canada and 15 percent wanted to live in France and Germany.
Factors that made the UAE attractive
In 2012, when the first survey was conducted, 33 percent chose the UAE as their city of choice. It rose to 39 per cent in 2014 but fell sharply to 20 per cent in 2015. However, in later years, the graph gradually got higher. 27 percent were attracted by the safety of the UAE financial sector. Along with that, good pay, job security, a variety of opportunities and good management are the factors that attract them. The survey revealed that 45 per cent of them are trying to move to the UAE or are seriously thinking about it. Other factors include the handling of the Covid pandemic, changes in visa rules and a method of attracting investors and skilled workers.