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UAE tops millennials’ wish list of global work locations, survey finds

The “Global Shapers Annual Survey 2015” revealed that the UAE was the top worldwide emerging markets destination for career advancement

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The United Arab Emirates is the number one emerging market destination for professional fulfilment, a World Economic Forum survey released on Sunday has found.

The “Global Shapers Annual Survey 2015” revealed that the UAE was the top worldwide emerging markets destination for career advancement among the millennial generation.

Survey respondents came from 125 countries and were all 20-30 years old from the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Shapers Community’ – a “network of over 450 city-based hubs of young, civically engaged leaders,” according to the Forum.

“By choosing the United Arab Emirates as the top emerging-markets destination, millennials are selecting a country that is very serious about professional advancement,” said Head of the Global Shapers Community Yemi Babington-Ashaye.

Commenting on the findings, Saurabh Pacheriwala, a Global Shaper from the Surat Hub in India, said: “The UAE boasts a stable economy and offers many opportunities with its business-friendly practices.”

The survey also suggests a generational shift might be under way in the concept of work, with respondents prioritizing the opportunity to make a difference in their society and the ability to learn over straightforward career advancement.

Although career advancement was the top attribute Shapers looked for in an employer, with 48 percent choosing it among their top three attributes, company culture came a close second (at 38 percent), followed by training and development opportunities (at 32 percent).

The survey was released on the eve of the Summit of the Global Agenda held in Abu Dhabi this year.

The co-chairs of the Summit on the Global Agenda are UAE Minister of Economy Sultan Bin Saeed AlMansoori and Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Economic Development Ali Majed Al Mansoori,