Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qatar- Nearly half of Arab youth prefer modernity, finds survey  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 09/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Young people in the Arab World are embracing modernity as digital technologies and media reshape behaviour



However, it is opinions and influences of family, friends and religion that matter most to them, the sixth annual Asda'a Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey shows



About 46 percent of youth agreed that "traditional values are outdated and belong to the past; I am keen to embrace modern values and beliefs".



Although modernists remain a slight minority, this are the closest results that have come to parity in the survey's history, up from 17 percent in 2011.



However, family, friends, and religion remain the greatest influences on the young, with two-thirds of respondents citing their parents (67 percent) as their first source of advice and counsel, followed by family (58), religion (56) and friends (46)



In the increasingly urbanised economies, the importance of family, particularly parental ties, remains strong. However, external forces are increasing their sphere of influence, with community leaders rising from 33 percent in 2013 to 38 and social media and bloggers reaching 35.



The Arab Youth Survey is an annual initiative of Asda'a Burson-Marsteller, the leading public relations consultancy in the Mena region. Its sister agency, international polling firm PSB, completed the survey for the sixth edition. It conducted 3,500 face-to-face interviews - men and women aged 18-24 in the six GCC countries, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Yemen and, for the first time, Palestine - between December 2013 and January 2014.



About 54 percent of respondents agree 'a lot' with "Following the uprisings across the Arab world, I feel the Arab world is better off", down from 70 percent in 2013 and 72 in 2012. The rising cost of living and unemployment were identified as the two biggest concerns. About 63 percent say they are 'very concerned' about rising living costs, while 49 percent are concerned about unemployment. This concern is strongest in non-GCC countries with 55 percent citing it as their biggest concern. Though still high at 39 percent, the youth in the Gulf are less concerned than their counterparts in the rest of the Arab world, with governments providing some reassurance.



Favourability towards the private sector is steadily rising in the Gulf, with 31 percent saying they would like to work in the sector, up from 24 percent in 2013. Preference for the private sector in non-GCC countries is declining at 31 percent in 2014. For the third successive year, youth cite UAE as their top choice (to live in) ahead of 20 countries, including the UK, the US and Germany.



Asked to think about their country's biggest ally, the youth are choosing their GCC neighbours over traditional Western countries as Gulf governments' political weight grows.



They cite four of the six GCC members in their country's top five allies with 36 percent saying Saudi Arabia is their country's biggest supporter, followed by the UAE (33), Qatar (25) and Kuwait (25). The US is the only Western country to feature in the top five allies, at 22 percent.



The findings of Arab Youth Survey were presented to media yesterday. Don Baer, Worldwide Chair and CEO of Burson-Marsteller and CEO of PSB; Joseph Ghossoub, Chairman and CEO of the MENACOM Group, the regional parent company of Asda'a Burson-Marsteller; and Sunil John, Chief Executive Officer of Asda'a Burson-Marsteller, were present

 


The Peninsula




  MENA News Headlines
 Mar 5 2015 - UAE to grant USD2b loan to CroatiaMENAFN
(MENAFN) Croatia is considering a USD2 billion loan from the UAE to help financing its current debt and reestablishing its collapsed economy, Arabian Business reported.Successive governments have ...

 Mar 5 2015 - UAE's Etisalat launches local search engine in 2015MENAFN
(MENAFN) UAE's Etisalat launched a UAE-specific search engine, nominated Connect.ae, which is the first in the country and it is labelled as a fully-digital and multiplatform search service, Emirates ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Bahraini Bapco, EMC sign agreementMENAFN
(MENAFN) Bapco and US-based EMC signed an agreement through which the Bahraini company gets a centralized, tapeless backup environment using EMC's 'next generation data protection solutions', Gulf ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Bahraini Batelco Group, Canadian Star Solutions sign partnership agreementMENAFN
(MENAFM) Batelco Group signed an agreement with Star Solutions in which the Canadian company is set to implement GSM/LTE mobile networks for Batelco Group's operations in the South Atlantic region, ...

 Mar 5 2015 - UAE's Senaat invests USD299.42m in new companyMENAFN
(MENAFN) Abu Dhabi-based government firm Senaat, with help from Japanese steel makers, is set to launch Al Gharbia Pipe Company with an investment of USD299.42 million, Gulf News reported.According ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Concern grows for civilians as Iraq tightens noose on TikritArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Kirkuk Iraq: Concern mounted Wednesday over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group fighters on the third day of a huge ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Saudi- Wedding designers impress with innovative strategiesArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Wedding is one of the most important events in a person's life. It is the time when the air is filled with nothing but happiness and love. For the woman the wedding day is ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Saudi- Bridal beauty: How to work out a fitness planArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Planning a wedding can be a hectic time in every bride's life.The mind is consumed with roses tulips or peonies the perfect shade of white sequins or lace short or long veil ...

 Mar 5 2015 - L'Azurde makes everlasting memory of the special dayArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The designers of L'Azurde's Al Aroos diamond and Laylaty gold collections are inspired by the beauty of the Arabic bride to create designs that are timeless in their appeal and ...

 Mar 5 2015 - Business blooms as Saudi families spend billions on weddingsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Innovation coupled with specialization has become a common feature of public lifestyles and Saudi weddings are not behind in terms of the latest innovations and offerings in the ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help