Internet penetration rise good news for e4all

UAE expecting the highest Internet penetration of the region within two years, according to Madar Research. By 2005 there will be an anticipated 1,346,000 million Internet users in the country.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  August 31, 2003

The UAE is expected to have the highest Internet penetration of the region within two years, according to Madar Research. By 2005 there will be an anticipated 1,346,000 million Internet users in the country.

The projections spell good news according to the Dubai eGovernment for its e4all initiative—the scheme launched in July of this year to accelerate IT penetration in the UAE through community IT training.

“Projections about the UAE being ahead of the rest of the GCC countries in Internet penetration is good news for Dubai eGovernment, because online services are the key components of this pioneering project aimed at ushering in an era of electronic services," said Salem Al-Shair, director of eServices, Dubai eGovernment.

Al-Shair believes the positive figures shown by the survey will soon translate into a reality as the e4all initiative picks up pace, and further expands the reach of educating the local community in online services and transactions.

"The launch of e4all comes at a time when the UAE is leading the GCC in creating IT training projects as part of its vision to turn the country into a regional IT hub and the leading player in the Knowledge Economy," said Al-Shair. "Dubai eGovernment is an extension of this vision and we are confident of considerably accelerating the people's involvement in eServices by offering them incentives such as e4all."

Current PC penetration levels in the UAE are the second highest after Bahrain, at around 15% according to Madar figures. Dubai eGovernment believes the penetration rate will increase as they continue to pursue initiatives such as the e4all scheme.

The first phase of the e4all project in Dubai has been greeted with some success, though sales have been dampened by the summer season. The companies involved are now looking to improve the scheme for when it enters its second phase later this year.

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