Abu Dhabi and Gallup Establish New Research Center

The Abu Dhabi Gallup Center to Serve as Knowledge Hub on Muslim Societies

Oct 25, 2010, 06:00 ET from Gallup

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates and WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi and Gallup, the world's leading public opinion research firm, today announced their partnership to create an independent center for social research and analysis in Abu Dhabi.

Building on Gallup's seminal work in the field of Muslim studies, the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center (ADGC) will offer unmatched research on the attitudes and aspirations of Muslims around the world. In addition to its worldwide scope, the ADGC will invest in the specific priorities of its regional base and present innovative analysis and insights on the most important societal challenges facing the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The ADGC is a product of both Abu Dhabi's and Gallup's commitment to rigorous research and scholarship on some of the most crucial issues facing the world. Abu Dhabi's dedication to science, cultural dialogue, and education makes it a natural champion for this important work. Gallup's unique expertise in global public opinion makes it the ideal partner. In addition, the Center's base in Abu Dhabi allows Gallup research to expand and deepen its reach into this vibrant and pivotal region.

Underscoring Gallup's commitment to the partnership, the executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies (GCMS), Dalia Mogahed, will head this new initiative as ADGC director in Abu Dhabi. Mogahed co-authored the groundbreaking book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think with John Esposito. Additionally, several Gallup analysts will relocate to Abu Dhabi to build the new institution, while the GCMS will continue to operate in Washington, D.C.

"Our vision is for the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center to be a major source for cutting-edge research and foresight on the most important challenges facing Muslim societies today," said Mogahed. "We are honored to collaborate with the Crown Prince Court to build this vital enterprise."

This initiative is part of the Crown Prince Court's ongoing commitment to finding solutions to the world's toughest challenges by forging cooperative ties with world-class organizations. These partnerships are built with organizations that demonstrate outstanding research expertise, rigorous methodology, and a strong record of scientific accomplishments.

The ADGC will open its doors in the fall of 2010 and serve as a resource-rich hub for policy makers, thought leaders, and global media. In addition to its groundbreaking research studies, the ADGC will offer briefings, workshops, and seminars around the region and the globe based on the Center's in-depth research.  

About Gallup and the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

Gallup has studied human nature and behavior for more than 70 years. Gallup's reputation for delivering relevant, timely, and visionary research on what people around the world think and feel is the cornerstone of the organization. Gallup employs many of the world's leading scientists in management, economics, psychology, and sociology, and our consultants assist leaders in identifying and monitoring behavioral economic indicators worldwide. The Gallup Center for Muslim Studies is a nonpartisan research center dedicated to providing data-driven analysis, advice, and education about the views of Muslim populations around the world. The Center informs the global community about Muslims' opinions and beliefs on topics such as employment and entrepreneurship, global coexistence, education, religion, culture, democracy, and the media.

SOURCE Gallup