The UAE has retained its position as the top country where Arab youth would like to live and want their own countries to emulate for the seventh consecutive year, according to the ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2018.
The 10th annual survey, released on Tuesday, also reveals that young Emiratis are extremely optimistic about their future and young Arabs across the region view the UAE as the top ally of their respective countries.
It added that young Emiratis also expressed strong support for the introduction of VAT with nearly three-in-four (71 percent) saying they support the 5 percent tax which was introduced by the UAE government in January.
The ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey conducted 3,500 face-to-face interviews with men and women aged 18-24 in 16 Arab nations during January and February.
It showed that more than one-in-three (35 percent) respondents across the 16 Arab countries, say the UAE is the country they would most like to live in, far surpassing global powers such as the US, Canada (both 18 percent), Germany (12 percent) as well as Saudi Arabia (16 percent) and other Arab countries.
More than a third (37 percent) of Arab youth also say the UAE is a model country for their own, once again far surpassing the US, Canada (both 17 percent), Japan (15 percent), and others, it added.
Young Emiratis agree with the positive perceptions of the UAE across the region, with 99 percent of the UAE’s youth saying their country is heading in the right direction and more than four-in-five (85 percent) saying their best days are ahead of them.
Sunil John, founder of ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller and president of the Middle East, Burson Cohn & Wolfe, said: "Throughout the survey’s history, the UAE has consistently been chosen by Arab youth as the nation that best fits their aspirations. As one of the first countries in the region to focus on diversifying the economy to create better opportunities for its young people, the UAE continues to inspire the region with its future-focused vision."
Among young Arabs across the region, the UAE also remains the top ally, with 37 percent saying it is their country’s top ally, followed by Saudi Arabia (35 percent), Kuwait (22 percent), Russia (20 percent), and Egypt (19 percent). Young Emiratis view Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Kuwait as their country’s top allies.
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