Friday, April 24, 2015

Arab youths want to live in  UAE

It is a matter of great pride for the UAE that for the fourth consecutive year it has been named as the country in which most Arab youth would like to live, said a local newspaper Friday.

"It is not just that. When asked about which country they would most like their home nation to emulate, almost a quarter (22 per cent), considered the UAE as a model, followed by the United States (15 per cent) and Germany (11 per cent)," said The Gulf Today in an editorial comment on the findings of the 7th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey where the UAE is the only Arab country in the top five choices identified by Arab youth.

The English-language paper said that the findings certainly indicate that the region’s youth look at the UAE as an oasis of peace and a perfect place for progress. The survey, conducted by international polling firm PSB, sampled 3,500 Arab nationals aged 18-24 in16 countries, including six GCC countries, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Yemen.

"The reasons for the UAE’s popularity are obvious. The country has been on a progress path on all fronts and is considered a safe haven even while many countries in the region face turmoil. The International Monetary Fund has indicated that the UAE economy, which is the second largest in the Arab world with a GDP of over US$402 billion, is expected to grow 3.5 per cent throughout 2015 and 2016.

The UAE continues to amaze the world with top scores. It occupies a leading position on key global indicators, including the Global Competitiveness Report (2013-14), which ranked the country first in the world in terms of quality of roads, absence of organised crime and inflation.

The country figures first in the Arab region and 17th globally in the World Happiness Report of the United Nations, underlining its emphasis on becoming one of the best in the world by 2021 based on the UAE Vision 2021."

There is also another great aspect that makes the UAE a shining example for others to emulate, the paper noted adding that amid its economic success, the country is blessed with a benevolent heart."

"The UAE ranked the world’s No.1 in foreign aid for the second consecutive year in 2014. The official development aid provided by the country hit Dhs18 billion, which formed 1.17 per cent of gross national income. Yes. The UAE is indeed a beacon of hope for the region’s youth and for right reasons. -END-

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