Annual Arab Youth Survey results have come out based on statistics from 3,500 interviewees aged 18-24 years old from 16 Arab countries and UAE has topped the ranks.
UAE has been voted the best country for the seventh time
Since 2012, the country has been voted as the best Arab country for Arabs to live on the ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey. From the findings on the annual whitepapers available on the website(https://bit.ly/2ItbWZp), it reads “The UAE sprints ahead of the pack as the country in which most young Arabs would like to live and want their countries to emulate.”
The ambitious vision of our leadership has established our country’s position globally, this was reflected today with the #UAE ranking as the most desired country to live in by Arab youth for the 7th consecutive year, followed by the US and Canada, in the @ArabYouthSurvey
— د. أحمد بالهول (@ahmad_belhoul) May 8, 2018
Russia has been viewed as an adversary over the US
Surprisingly, the US has slipped out of the top five allies according to the youth and Russia has made it to the top five. The top ally is UAE(37%), followed by Saudi Arabia(35%), Kuwait(22%), Russia(20%) and Egypt(19%). What’s more, the US has been part of top five allies since 2012.
Proud of the @ASDAABMPR team for the release of the 10th annual #ArabYouthSurvey! Truly insightful and in-depth look at the hopes, fears and aspirations of Arab youth. Check out all the findings at https://t.co/hYmZdCOTKt. pic.twitter.com/2S3Ke1sG28
— Ryan Fenwick (@ryanfenwick) May 8, 2018
Arab Springs and Daesh has taken Arab World to the wrong direction
Respondents who voted that the Arab World has headed in the wrong direction in the last ten years supported their opinion with 13 reasons, dealing with factors like war in Yemen and Syria, oil prices, financial crisis, oil prices, etc. Out of which, the top three reasons were the rise of Daesh, Arab Sring and the digital revolution. However, over the years, respondents admitted they’re confident that their national governments will be able to deal with Daesh’s threat.
Social media is the source for news than TV
Reflecting on the changing forms of news consumption, this year’s survey reveals that most young Arabs look for news on social media, followed by television, online news sources, radio, newspapers and magazines. Interestingly, in 2015, 25% of young Arabs looked up to social media for news while 60% looked up to television. Three years later, 63% of young Arabs look up to social media and 51% look up to television for news.
Check out the 9th finding of the 10th #ArabYouthSurvey to find out what’s the most trusted source of news according to Arab youth
To find out more visit https://t.co/YydQBaCOOs pic.twitter.com/BBj3cmSyMx
— Arab Youth Survey (@ArabYouthSurvey) May 8, 2018
Strong support is there for allowing women to drive
During times like the #MeToo and ‘Time’s Up’ movements, Saudi Arabia’s monumental decision to allow women to drive comes as a revolution to their society, which has received most of the votes by young Arabs. From the findings, more than 80% of all the categories of respondents, including North Africa and GCC, support the law allowing women to drive. The law was decided by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salman.
— The Straits Times (@STcom) May 8, 2018