UAE: Dubai ICT Articles & Analysis

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Despite achieving record growth in 2012, telecoms operators in the UAE have seen their profit margins affected by a new royalties programme introduced by the federal government. However, surging demand in Dubai for the latest mobile devices, particularly smartphones and tablets, as well as a more diversified range of value-added services, should result in in even greater growth and profitability in the coming years.

What should be prioritised for the UAE to improve its telecommunications infrastructure and close the gap between itself and OECD countries?

What type of impact can an extensive offering of e-government services have, and how will you focus your efforts in terms of government integration?

By investing in building infrastructure, Dubai aims to support the local and regional telecoms industry and the broader knowledge-based economy. The value of these investments is significant: the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) estimates that the sector accounted for 4.9% of UAE GDP in 2011. The true value is far higher as...

Developing a cadre of highly qualified professionals to drive innovation and lead progress remains one of the biggest gaps and potentially greatest hurdles for Dubai’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The government has acknowledged this gap and has embarked on several initiatives to bolster education and training in the...

Boasting almost 13m mobile telephone connections, 1.9m fixed telephone connections and nearly 1m internet users, according to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), the UAE has one of the biggest telecoms industries in the MENA region. The sector plays an important role in the country’s economy, contributing almost 5% of GDP and...