In late 2015, the Tabah Futures Initiative, a foresight research unit based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, partnered with Zogby Research Services to convene a project that would explore the attitudes of the Arab world’s millennials toward religion and religious leadership. Face-to-face polls were conducted with 5,374 young Arabs between the ages of 15 and 34 in eight Arab countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Morocco.
We initiated this project because 200 million Arabs are under the age of 34—approximately two out of every three people in the region. Millenials comprise the largest demographic in the Arab world today. If we continue to talk ‘about’ them, and not ‘to' them, we cannot expect to understand them. No conception of the region’s future can be created by simply making assumptions about the present; we must fully understand the present and current trajectories in order to look forward.
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