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Near-term sentiment is on the rise among Dubai’s business leaders, with the IMF forecasting a healthy GDP growth rate of 4.2% in 2019 for the emirate. While not as exposed as some of its regional neighbours to the effects of fluctuating commodities prices in recent times, Dubai nevertheless stands to benefit from the knock-on effects of higher prices over the last year.

Local government initiatives to enhance service provision are creating opportunities for Dubai’s ICT sector, while new federal laws to attract innovators and investment should help the emirate achieve its technological objectives.

 

The main backers of the UAE’s two telecoms operators are public entities, with the federal government being the main public shareholder of the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) and owning a large stake in its rival operator, the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), alongside the emirate-level governments of Abu...

 

Like the UAE as a whole, Dubai has one of the most advanced telecoms and IT markets in the Middle East, boasting high levels of smartphone and internet penetration, fast mobile internet speeds and a rapidly growing start-up scene. While prices in the sector – and the fixed-line market in particular – are relatively high, both the fixed-line...

 

What are the main objectives behind the transformation of Dubai into a smart city?

 

With 4G connections now well established throughout much of the world, international telecoms players are now working towards the launch of 5G, the next generation of mobile data networks. Notable progress towards this was made in March 2017, when the Third Generation Partnership Project – a group of seven telecoms development organisations...