Survey: Arabian youths prefer UAE for living in

Thu, 04.05.2017 16:00

One in three Arab youth aged 18 to 24 interviewed for the ninth annual Arab Youth Survey 2017 says the UAE is the most preferred country they would like to live in.

The finding was released on Wednesday as the landmark survey was rolled out in Dubai by Asda’a Burson-Marsteller and once again suggested that the UAE is becoming the country of choice for Arab youth across the Middle East.

This is the sixth year in a row that the UAE has been ranked top country with an even stronger showing this year as 35 per cent of 3,500 Arab youth polled in 16 countries said the emirates was their preferred choice, 13 percentage points higher than last year.

The UAE’s growing popularity saw respondents favour the country in almost double the number than that of the United States.

The UAE outranked the United States as the preferred country (US received 15 per cent) while Canada and Saudi Arabia were preferred by 14 per cent and Germany by 13 per cent.

Sunil John, founder and CEO of Asda’a Burson-Marsteller, said during the survey’s release that “young people want a job, a place to start a family” citing the UAE as an ideal country to build a future.

John said reasons for the UAE’s top billing by respondents were safety and security (31 per cent), having a growing economy (25 per cent), wide range of work opportunities (23 per cent) and generous salary packages (22 per cent). A high-quality education system (17 per cent), being a good place to raise a family (17 per cent) and ease of starting a business (14 per cent) are other positive attributes associated with the UAE.

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Source: GulfNews

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