The Middle East is a region for leading opportunists and optimists for our future Arab youth. Fortunately, our era is full of young hopeful visionaries recognizing the importance of establishing a development in the Arab region. The Arab society is a largely youthful one classifying one out of every five persons in the Arab region between the ages of 15-24, leading more than half of the population below the age of 25.
Around 60% of Arabs are below the age of 25, fighting with economic pressures preventing marriage and the growth of financial independence at a young age. The Arab youth is increasing significantly in comparison to other age groups resulting to the most rapid youth population growth in the region’s history. With the hope for constructing a progressive future, it is important to establish a development that identifies Arab youth rights and ambitious aspirations to advance economic growth, social inclusion, and political stability in the region. We must all take the responsibility and action to provide our youth with the necessary opportunities to reach their full potentials in education, health, employment, and the participation in public as well as political life. The issue of unemployment is the highlight worry of any young Arab. However, what we need is not more money but better ways to spend it. Unemployment affects everyone, particularly the most educated youth jeopardizing and losing much of its intellectual and talented capacity in the Arab world.
However, surveys indicate that two-thirds of the youth believe that their countries are moving in the right direction within the past five years despite the constant worrying towards the “cost of living, shortage of affordable housing, and unemployment”. Arab countries have the highest regional youth unemployment rate in the world, particularly affecting young Arab females. Youth in the Middle East strive for a sense of hope, optimism, and direction. Although today’s young generation faces obstacles with the economic recession and political stagnation, they still have a positive attitude towards a promising future. Although many young Arabs are searching for work in the marketplace, we have finally been strong enough to find our voice. The Arab youth are inspired now more than ever after their historical transformation against the society of war, poverty, and forceful government for so many decades. Taking the youth seriously is no longer an option but an urgent priority for the eager young men and women desperately starving for the chance and change to grow. The demand to raise awareness has had an increase not only in the Arab region, but globally as well. The young Arabs of today are using their voice powerfully and passionately to express their needs, ambitions, and dreams into making it a true reality for their future tomorrow.