Dubai: The UAE remains the top country that most Arab youth would like to live in, the 7th annual Arab Youth survey found for the fourth year running.
The Arab youth surveyed also said they see the UAE as a model country that they would like their countries to emulate.
The results of the ASDA’A Burson- Marsteller Arab Youth Survey were revealed on Tuesday during a press conference held in Dubai.
The survey by Penn Schoen Berland was conducted on 3,500 Arab youth aged 18 to 24 from 16 countries. It aims to understand the Arab world’s dynamics through the eyes of it's youth.
When asked to name a country anywhere in the world where they would like to live, Arab youth, who took part in the survey, chose the UAE as their top choice for the fourth year running ahead of 20 other countries.
The United States came in second by 15 per cent. Germany and Canada, both followed at 10 per cent.
Likewise, when asked to think about which country they would like to emulate, almost a quarter (22 per cent) consider the UAE as a model nation, followed by the United States (15 per cent), Germany (11 per cent), Canada (8 per cent) and France (8 per cent).
The UAE was the only Arab country in the top five choices identified by Arab youth.
The report attributed the popularity of the UAE to the country’s strong economic outlook and status as a safe haven.
According to the International Monetary Fund the economy of the UAE is also expected to grow 3.5 per cent in 2015 and 2016 in spite of falling oil prices.
The report also read that the UAE is known as a country where young Arabs are encouraged to reach their full potential across a broad spectrum of industries from technology start-ups to the arts and finance, in a culture they are familiar with.