Press Release

The UAE makes a quantum leap in Global Competitiveness Indicators

Being the first in mobile broadband subscriptions

The UAE has made a new leap in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), according to the recent Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum (Davos) 2018, where the country has advanced 18 places in "ICT Adoption” from 24th to 6th place in the world. This theme measures the efficiency of the telecommunications sector in countries through a number of global competitiveness indicators.

The report also showed that the UAE has ranked first in the world in the Global Competitiveness Index for mobile broadband subscription rate, and ranked second globally in the mobile subscription index.

These results reflect the significant progress made by the UAE in ICT, which was had been the outcome of TRA's diligent work, guided by the directives of our wise leadership. Such results also reflect the effectiveness of strategies adopted by the UAE in the fields of ICT, Artificial Intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

On this occasion, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said: "These results reflect the great efforts made by the TRA, in collaboration with its public and private partners, in the development of the ICT sector, guided by the directives of the wise leadership, which has provided us with a road map to reach the sky. The remarkable success that the UAE is witnessing these days is the fruit of many years of planning and hard work. Today, we are in the world’s top rankings in various technical and economic fields. We launched Khalifa Sat and have the Hope Probe, our own project for discovering Mars. Today, we are hosting ITU's Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18), the most important ICT event. The UAE is not only involved in shaping the future, but also promotes happiness and prosperity around the world through a comprehensive sustainable development based on a well-established future knowledge economy.”

Al Mansoori expressed his pride in all the achievements made in record time, and stressed that progress is still being made to become number one in various economic and technical fields, adding: "Today, we are moving towards achieving UAE Vision 2021 with confidence and are racing against time to leverage world-class cutting-edge technologies to make our people happy. We are in the 6th place in ICT utilization, which is an advanced ranking, but we have learned from our wise leadership not to accept less than number one. We have much work to do and I am confident that our national cadres are capable of bringing our country towards the desired rankings."

The announcement of these results coincides with UAE’s hosting of PP-18, a major global event in ICT, which confirms the leading role currently played by the UAE in the technical fields, and UAE’s keenness to implement all initiatives that would add to the happiness of its people and the peoples of the world. This conference is expected to bring about important decisions, which will shape the future of ICT in the next four years.

The TRA continues to work with operators to raise the country's ranking in global competitiveness indicators by continuing to develop the telecommunications sector and its infrastructure, providing the best services to subscribers, and regulating and facilitating the entry of state-of-the-art telecommunications technology to the UAE, thereby contributing to its global leadership in this sector.