DUBAI, UAE, November 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The survey seeks to provide accurate statistics for the Arab Reading Index, the results of which are set to be announced during the Knowledge Summit 2016 The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) conducted a poll canvassing more than 50,000 people from all Arab countries to determine the status of reading in the region. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151123/290068LOGO ) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161101/434722 ) The survey seeks, in addition, to provide objective statistics for the Arab Reading Index, the results of which will be announced during the Knowledge Summit 2016. The Index is the first of its kind in the region; it is a scientific and standardised tool that tracks knowledge-focused initiatives in the Arab World and measures their impact on society to assign quantifiable numerical data to the process of cultural development in the region. His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said: "The Arab Reading Index initiative resonates with the UAE's vision, which considers reading an essential element in the process of acquiring knowledge and strives to promote innovation as a principle in the local community, all in an effort to establish a well-educated generation capable of producing and spreading knowledge." H.E. bin Huwaireb noted that the UAE has lead the way in that effort, launching major projects and initiatives, most notable of which is the Arab Reading Challenge (launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai), which saw more than one million Arab students pledge to collectively read 50 million books each academic year.