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UAE retains position as most preferred country for Arab youth

Gulf state is most popular nation for fifth year running, thanks to 'safety, security and economic opportunities'

UAE retains position as most preferred country for Arab youth

Nearly one in four of the Middle East’s young people see the UAE as the country they would most like to live in, according to new research.

The annual Asdaa Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey, which was published on Tuesday, showed that the Gulf state ranked higher than the US and several European economies when it came to stability, safety and the best place to set up a business.

Twenty-two percent of young Arabs said the UAE was the country they would most like to live in, while 23 percent said it was the country they would most like their own to emulate.

It is the fifth year running that the Gulf state has been ranked the most popular among young Arabs.

“The top associations with the UAE revolve around safety, security and economic opportunities with “safe and secure” the most associated phrase with 36 percent of youth, followed by “growing economy”, a “wide range of work opportunities” and “generous salary packages” (all 29 percent),” the research said.

Twenty-four percent of respondents said the UAE was the top business destination in the Arab world, followed by Saudi Arabia (18 percent) and Qatar (13 percent).

The UAE also ranked favourably among young Arabs when questioned about who they thought was their country’s biggest ally. The country was the second most cited (28 percent), behind Saudi Arabia (31 percent) and ahead of the United States (25 percent).

The Arab Youth Survey conducted face to face interviews with 3,500 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 in 16 countries around the region.