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.
Technologies: Opportunities in the
Why the UAE?
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of
seven Emirates-Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah,
Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and
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
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
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
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
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
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
? ?Arabised? IT products e.g. Mindware,
Adobe have released Arabised versions of
? Business intelligence.
If you have any questions about the
opportunities above, contact Sunita
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
British companies wishing to develop their
business in the UAE market are advised to
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
experience, can provide a range of services to
Time: 17 ? 21 October 2010
British-based companies wishing to grow their
business in global markets.
This can include:
Contact: Jessica Eddens
? Provision of market information
? 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
? 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
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
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