Press Release

UAE is the First Globally in Mobile Internet Subscriptions and Network Coverage

According to the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019

The United Arab Emirates has ranked first globally in Mobile-broadband subscriptions, first globally in Mobile Network Coverage, and second globally in Mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions, according to the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019, issued by the World Economic Forum.

On this achievement, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said: “The UAE global achievements are the result of plans and strategies developed by the UAE Government under the directives of the wise leadership, and the team spirit of the government entities. Today, we have the best and most advanced services in the UAE, and we have a well-developed infrastructure that makes us ready to enter the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our high global ranking in many international reports confirms that we are on track to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 and the goals of the National Agenda.”

Al Mansouri emphasized that TRA achievements are the results of the hard work and great efforts made by TRA employees. He added: “In the UAE, we are proud of our wise leadership and our people, who are the main factors of UAE success at all levels. The UAE's unique experience has become the focus of attention and an influential element for other countries. Achieving the first ranks globally in the Mobile-broadband subscriptions and mobile network coverage reflects the efforts made by TRA working teams, and demonstrates the effectiveness of TRA plans by focusing on the ICT infrastructure, adopting modern technologies and using them to drive the development and digital transformation in all fields.”

Al Mansoori indicated that TRA will continue developing policies related to the ICT sector, and taking decisions and measures that benefit the sector in particular and the country in general, in order to create a competitive sector for digital transformation, the era of AI, the IoT, the Emirates Mars Mission and others.

The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019, one of the highly important reports of its kind, is issued every two years by the World Economic Forum. The report is based on four key indicators: Enabling Environment, Travel and Tourism Policy, Infrastructure, and Natural and Cultural Resources. The report measures 14 sub-indicators: Business Environment, Safety and Security, Health and Hygiene, Human Resources and Labour Market, ICT Readiness, Prioritization of Travel & Tourism, International Openness, Price Competitiveness, Environmental Sustainability, Air Transport Infrastructure, Ground and Port Infrastructure, Tourist Service Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Cultural Resources and Business Travel.

Moreover, the UAE has ranked first globally in the Internet and Telephony Level of Competition in 2018, compared to 104th in 2016, according to the Knowledge Index Report, published recently by The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation.