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Chapter | ICT from The Report: Dubai 2018

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 and mobile segments are expected to see increasing...

Dubai saw steady GDP growth of 2.8% in 2017 and this is expected to reach 3.2% in 2018, with an increased drive towards consolidating its position as a knowledge-based economy. The emirate is among the most diversified in the region, thanks to factors such as a highly attractive business environment that has brought in large amounts of foreign investment.

The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has become the world’s first government agency to adopt blockchain technology for all of its transactions, with the development part of the emirate’s plans to strengthen its position as an international leader in financial technology (fintech) and information.


Over the past decade and a half Dubai has become one of the Middle East’s leading telecoms markets. The emirate has two highly competitive mobile network operators (MNOs), advanced ICT infrastructure, high smartphone penetration rates and strong support from the government, which has put ICT at the centre of many of its development plans.


What role can public-private partnerships play in Dubai’s transformation into a smart city?


In July 2014 the UAE’s leaders announced the launch of a full-fledged space exploration programme. The establishment of the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) followed more than a decade of development activities in aerospace engineering and satellite communications, and is at the centre of a long-term plan to build Emirati capabilities “in the fields...