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Despite All Odds, Arabs Are Happy

Despite being stained by conflict, stagnating poverty and pressing population growth, the Arab world remains filled with hope: according to a recent survey, 41% have positive expectations for the future.

The study, conducted by Bayt.com and YouGov among 5,075 residents in the MENA region, found that 35% estimate that job opportunities will increase in the coming six months, while business conditions are expected to improve by 54% of them.

When asked about their evaluation of the regional situation, 27% believe that economies across MENA have improved in the last six months; and even though another 27% thinks the situation has declined, 42% anticipate an improved economy in the coming 6 months.

Satisfaction with careers is also considerably high, with 43% of respondents expressing happiness with their current career growth opportunities and 21% considering their personal financial situation to be better than six months ago.

“On the whole, the outlook for the region is a good one,” says Suhail Al-Masri, VP of Sales at Bayt.com. “Things are certainly improving with more and more major projects materializing across the MENA region, such as the upcoming Expo2020 in Dubai.”

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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