ICT Sector in UAE

An Expert's View about Telecommunications in the United Arab Emirates

Posted on: 1 Oct 2010

Despite the global economic downturn, the telecoms sector has continued to grow. The NRI report ranked the UAE eighth in the world in terms of availability of latest technologies.

Sector briefing Information Communication Technologies: Opportunities in the UAE Why the UAE? The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of seven Emirates-Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman. In 2010 the UAE Government published the ?Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030? which set out plans to diversify the Emirates economy, significantly increasing the non-oil sector contribution to the GDP. This includes plans to establish knowledge-based industries in the UAE. that the NRI report ranked the UAE eighth These plans are already in the world in terms of availability of in motion, with the Government developing a technology cluster on latest technologies. land near Abu Dhabi International Airport. As part of its commitment to research and The Emirates are already well positioned to education, Etisalat, the oldest achieve this, and were ranked first among the telecommunication provider in the UAE and rd Arab states and 23 internationally by the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and World Economic Forum?s ?Networked Readiness Research (KUSTAR) set up an Advanced Index (NRI)? 2009/10 report (which assesses Network for Research and Education the impact of ICT on the development and (Ankabut). The Ankabut network is a dedicated competitiveness of nations). The NRI also advanced network which acts as a Wide Area ranked the UAE second in terms of government Network (WAN) connecting public and private procurement of advanced technology products. universities, colleges, schools and other learning and research institutions in the UAE, Despite the global economic downturn, the as well as their international counterparts. telecoms sector has continued to grow; Ankabut is funded jointly by Kustar and the ICT and at 83% the UAE?s mobile penetration rate Fund, an initiative of the Telecommunications was ranked first among the Arab States. At Regulatory Authority (TRA), and is managed by Dhs 154.2 per month in Q4 2009, the UAE the University. average revenue per user (Arpu) for mobile phones is the second highest in the Middle East The TRA is responsible for the management of and North Africa (MENA) region. every aspect of the telecommunications and information technology industries in the UAE. The International Data Corporation (IDC) (the global market intelligence forum for the IT and For more general information on UAE market telecommunication industries) expects IT conditions, visit the UKTI website. The Doing spend in the UAE to reach US$1.8 billion Business Guide for the UAE gives an overview by 2013. of the UAE?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to UAE companies are viewing innovation as a key other relevant issues. to growth and an example of this is the fact ICT Opportunities You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by ? The UAE offers international ICT companies registering on the UKTI website. Find out an opportunity to set up in Freezones such more on UKTI?s business opportunities service as Dubai Internet City (DIC) and Dubai on the UKTI website. Outsource Zone. Freezone Companies don?t need a local business partner in order to set up in UAE and can be 100% owned by a foreign national or nationals. ? Virtualisation is an area of opportunity along with cloud computing. Companies seem to be heading towards desktop virtualisation and internal and external cloud computing services. ? Enterprise application software (EAS). Local education, healthcare and government sectors are predicted to be growing EAS spenders. ? Semiconductors. The Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) is an Abu Dhabi government-owned operator developing a technology cluster on land near Abu Dhabi International Airport. This is part of UAE government plans to establish knowledge-based industries in the UAE. This includes building a chip-making facility on 3 km of land. ATIC are seeking to attract semiconductor companies to the region. ? Storage management and security are expected to be growth areas. As network usage grows, demand for protection of data is expected to increase. ? Mobile, data and video services and higher capacity uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). ? ?Arabised? IT products e.g. Mindware, Adobe have released Arabised versions of their products. ? Business intelligence. If you have any questions about the opportunities above, contact Sunita Mirchandani: sunita.mirchandani@fco.gov.uk. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK companies are added daily to UKTI?s website the UKTI website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. Major events and activities Next steps - How UKTI can help For more details, please click on the event name: British companies wishing to develop their business in the UAE market are advised to GITEX 2010 undertake as much market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Contact: Jessica Eddens UAE, with its wide local knowledge and Email: jessica.eddens@tradefair.co.uk experience, can provide a range of services to Time: 17 ? 21 October 2010 British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global markets. GULFCOMMS 2010 This can include: Contact: Jessica Eddens ? Provision of market information Email: jessica.eddens@tradefair.co.uk ? Validated lists of agents/distributors Time: 17 ? 21 October 2010 ? Key market players or potential customers in the UAE market CABLE AND SATELLITE SHOW (CABSAT) ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you Contact: Mark Birchall ? Arranging appointments Email: mark@tradefair.co.uk ? Organise seminars or other events for Time: 8 ? 12 February 2011 you to meet contacts and promote your company in the UAE market Find full details of all events in the UAE ICT sector on the UKTI website. New export This work is available via our Overseas Market events are added daily to the site and you can Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable register to be alerted to them on a daily, service which assists British-based companies weekly or monthly basis wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & To find out more about commissioning this Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend work, or accessing other UKTI services and trade shows overseas. Find out more about specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website UKTI support for attendance at overseas to find contact details for your local UKTI events. office. UKTI contacts Sunita Mirchandani Trade & Investment Advisor British Embassy Dubai Tel: 00 9714 309 4239 Fax: 00 9714 309 4302 Email: sunita.mirchandani@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright ©
Posted: 01 October 2010

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