Top 10 findings of 8th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2016

Top 10 findings of 8th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2016
Updated 12 April 2016

Top 10 findings of 8th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2016

Top 10 findings of 8th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2016
Top 10 findings of the 8th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2016:
 
1. An overwhelming majority of young Arabs reject Daesh (ISIS) and believe the group will fail to establish an Islamic state
While three in four Arab youth are concerned about the rise of Daesh, just one in six believes the terrorist group will ultimately succeed. Though concern is rising — with 50 percent of youth citing it as the biggest obstacle in the region, up from 37 percent last year — tacit support for the group is declining with just 13 percent agreeing they could see themselves supporting Daesh even if it did not use so much violence, compared with 19 percent in 2015.
 
2. Lack of jobs and opportunities is seen as the number one recruitment driver for Daesh 
A quarter (24 percent) of Arab youth believe that lack of jobs and opportunities for young people is one of the primary reasons why some are attracted to Daesh while one in four (25 percent) do not understand why anyone would want to join the militant group. Other reasons as to why some young people are attracted to Daesh include religious differences (18 percent), religious tensions between Sunnis and Shias (17 percent) and the rise of secular Western values in the region (15 percent). 
 
3. Young Arabs believe Sunni-Shia relations are deteriorating and that religion plays too big of a role in the Middle East
Nearly half (47 percent) of young Arabs believe that relations between the two sects have worsened in the last five years. Over half of young Arabs (52 percent) agree that religion plays too big of a role in the Middle East — a notion that extends across the Arab world, with 61 percent of youth in the GCC, 44 percent in the Levant & Yemen and 47 percent in North Africa agreeing. 
 
4. Saudi Arabia, UAE, and the US are seen as top allies in the region

When asked to think about their country’s biggest ally, Arab youth cite Saudi Arabia (31 percent) for the fifth year running, followed by the UAE (28 percent), and the United States (25 percent). One of the biggest developments in regional relations since 2015 has been the rise of Iran, which has risen to the top 10 allies for the first time in the Arab Youth Survey, with 13 percent naming the country an ally. 
 
5. Young Arabs are divided on the Iranian nuclear deal and the Syrian conflict
While 45 percent of young Arabs support the Iranian nuclear deal, 39 percent oppose it. There are also sharp differences as to whether the Syrian conflict is a proxy war, a revolution or a civil war. Overall, a plurality (39 percent) of Arab youth view the conflict in Syria as a proxy war fought by regional and global powers, while 29 percent view it a revolution against the Bashar Assad regime and 22 percent believe it is a civil war among Syrians. 
 
6. Five years after fighting for political freedom during the Arab Spring, today most young Arabs prioritize stability over democracy 
Optimism that the region would be better off in the wake of the Arab Spring has been steadily declining over the last five years. In 2016, just 36 percent of young Arabs feel that the Arab world is better off following the uprisings, down from 72 percent in 2012, at the height of unrest. The majority of young Arabs (53 percent) agree that promoting stability in the region is more important than promoting democracy (28 percent). 
 
7. Arab Youth want their leaders to do more to improve the personal freedom and human rights of citizens, particularly women

Two-third of young Arabs (67 percent) want their leaders to do more to improve their personal freedoms and human rights. That belief extends across the region — 74 percent agree in the GCC countries, 57 percent in the Levant & Yemen, and 68 percent in North Africa. The number is the same (67 percent) when looking specifically at female freedom and rights. 
 
8. The UAE is viewed as a model country that is economically secure, and is the most favored nation to live in and set up a business. 

Nearly one in four young Arabs (22 percent) cite the UAE as the country they would most like to live in and just as many say it is the nation they would most like their country to emulate (23 percent). The UAE also ranked as the most preferred country for potential entrepreneurs to set up a business in, with one in four (24 percent) citing it as the top business destination in the Arab world, followed by Saudi Arabia (18 percent) and Qatar (13 percent). 
 
9. Arab Youth are increasingly concerned about falling oil prices, but most still believe they are entitled to subsidised energy
Two in three young Arabs (66 percent) say they are concerned about falling energy prices, up from 52 percent in 2015. Nearly four in five Arab youth (78 percent) still believe they are entitled to subsidised energy costs, and, if their government were to stop subsidising energy, nearly half (49 percent) believe the subsidies should be stopped only for expats 
 
10. More young Arabs get their daily news online than from TV or print media
While 32 percent say they get their daily news online, 29 percent say they watch TV news and just 7 percent read newspapers daily (down from 13 percent in 2015. The growing role of social media as a news platform is also apparent, with 52 percent saying they use Facebook to share interesting news articles they read, up from 41 percent last year. 

Mawani launches new shipping route from Jeddah port

Mawani launches new shipping route from Jeddah port
Updated 21 January 2021

Mawani launches new shipping route from Jeddah port

Mawani launches new shipping route from Jeddah port

Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced the launch of a new shipping service from Jeddah Islamic Port, complementing its strategic partnerships with some of the largest shipping companies in the world, such as Hapag Lloyd, CMA CGM, COSCO and ONE. The introduction of the new service reflects the confidence of global shipping lines in Mawani’s capabilities and the prominent position of Jeddah Islamic Port in global trade through the Red Sea, connecting the Middle East to Europe and North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Indian subcontinent, and covering key ports like Port Tanger in Morocco and Algeciras in Spain.

The new shipping line is a major step forward by Mawani, taken as part of its initiatives launched under the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), building on its achievements during the past year with the support of the Saudi logistics sector and the guidance of Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh Al-Jasser. The effort has been to enhance the international connectivity of ports and attract major shipping companies in line with the strategic objectives of Vision 2030 to enhance the Kingdom’s position in the investment and logistics arena.

The new line (IO3) will link Jeddah Islamic Port with the Indian Ocean and northern European ports. The service will consist of seven vessels with a capacity equivalent to 8,500 standard containers per vessel, approximately 48 vessels per year, which will allow a greater cargo capacity. 

Through the launch of the new line, Mawani aims to enhance the status of Jeddah Islamic Port as a direct point of connectivity between the ports of the East and the West, enabling the port to benefit from its strategic location between three key continents. It will also help strengthen the Kingdom’s position as a leading hub for logistics services and a facilitator of global supply chains, contributing to increased transshipment levels and attracting the largest number of ships operating on the Red Sea coast. Besides, it will make available additional shipping lines for local and international importers and exporters, raising the competitiveness of Saudi ports services and improving their operations. The new line will also help establish attractive logistics centers for investors in the ports sector.

Jeddah Islamic Port has gained historical significance due to the fact that Jeddah is the main gateway to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. It is the largest port in terms of volume and cargo handling capacity, as it handles more than 65 percent of all cargoes imported through Saudi ports. The port covers an area of 12.5 square kilometers.