Here are some key findings from the Arab Youth Survey, 2017:
- Optimism among young ARabs is waning, with a clear split by geography into ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’
- Young Arabs want their countries to do more for them and many feel overlooked by policymakers.
- Young Arabs view unemployment and extremism as the biggest problems holding the Middle East back.
- Many young Arabs say their education system falls short of preparing students for jobs of the future.
- Young Arabs say Daesh has become weaker over the past year,
- The UAE sprints ahead of the pack as the country in which most young Arabs would like to live and want their countries to emulate.
- Young Arabs say Donald Trump is anti-Muslim and express concern, anger and fear about presidency.
- Anti-American views are on the rise and now Russia – not the U.S. – is seen as the region’s top international ally.
- Despite their pride in the Arabic language, most young Arabs say they are using English more in their daily lives.
- Among young Arabs, Facebook is the number one medium for daily news.