UAE is top Arab country in WEF report

Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011 puts UAE in 24th in ICT implementation world rankings

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UAE is top Arab country in WEF report Kareem Sabbagh, senior partner and the global leader of the Communications, Media, and Technology practice says the goal at Booz & Company is to continue exploring the economic and social benefits that ICT can bring to countries.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 27, 2011

The UAE is first among Arab countries and 24th worldwide in its use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in development and growth, according to The Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011, Transformations 2.0, released by the World Economic Forum.

Four other Arab countries were listed in the rankings with Qatar at number 25, Bahrain at 30th, Saudi Arabia at 33rd and Oman in 41st position.

The Report confirmed that the Scandinavian and Asian countries remain at the top of the ICT implementation leaderboard, , with Sweden, Singapore and Finland heading the list.

"Innovation and ICT have proven a crucial lever for long-term growth, with countless social and economic benefits and the capacity to significantly improve people's life around the world," said Alan Marcus, senior director and head of Information Technology and Telecommunications, World Economic Forum. "Countries fully integrating new technologies and leveraging the new data revolution in their development and growth strategies are laying the foundations for competitive, resilient economies for the future."

Finland has moved up to third place and Switzerland and the US are in fourth and fifth place respectively.

The 10th anniversary edition of the Report focuses on ICT's power to transform society in the next decade through modernisation and innovation.

The Nordic countries are nearly all now in the top 10, except for Iceland, which comes in at number 16; Denmark is 7th, Norway is 9th.

Asian Tiger economies have continued to move upward in the rankings, with both Taiwan, China, and Korea improving five places to 6th and 10th respectively, and Hong Kong SAR following closely at 12th.

The UAE scored fairly well on the environment and usage categories at number 25 and 30 respectively, its strongest performance was in the readiness section, where it came 6th out of the 138 countries measured.

In some sub-categories the UAE scored higher; the country's level of company-wide technology adoption in the private sector is 5th in the world, the government's procurement of advanced technology products is 3rd, and the number of mobile telephone subscriptions in the UAE per-capita is 1st.

The 10th anniversary edition of the report looks at future transformations which will be powered by ICT, with a particular focus on the impact of these on individuals, businesses and governments in the coming few years.

"As digital economies steadily become the norm, our goal at Booz & Company is to continue exploring the economic and social benefits that ICT can bring - and the ways in which they are increasingly interconnected," said Karim Sabbagh, senior partner and the global leader of the Communications, Media, and Technology practice, Booz & Company.

Booz & Company contributed to the report, looking at how broadband can enable digital communities and help government, health, transportation and other sectors to capitalise on ICT's potential.

"Despite digital highways' socioeconomic impact and their importance as the foundation for digital communities, more than 83% of the world's population lacks connection to a broadband network. High-speed broadband is available to just 6.2% of the global population," said Sabbagh.

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