Information Technology in the UAE


This page provides an analysis of the national information technology environment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Comments are welcome.
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In 1971, the Trucial states merged into a federation of seven Emirates to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The country is a unique blend of traditional values merged with a modern, advanced society.   Situated at the crossroads of Asia and the Middle East, the UAE has access to a potential market of almost two billion people.  It shares common boundaries with Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. 

The population of the UAE is a little over 2.4 million; however, almost 65 percent are non-nationals.  Following is a breakdown of the population by administrative district (or Emirate):
 

Emirate
Population
Abu Dhabi
1,071,000
Dubai
788,000
Sharjah
464,000
Ras al-Khaimah 
158,000
Ajman
149,000
Al Fujayrah 
88,000
Umm al Qaywayn 
41,000

The UAE has been able to flourish economically as a result of its massive oil wealth. Only three of the seven emirates; however, have substantial oil reserves--Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and to a lesser amount, Sharjah.  The loose political structure ensures the leader of the individual emirates retains a significant amount of autonomy.  Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah have developed into cosmopolitan centers where business, trade, services, and communications have flourished.  The remaining administrative districts seem to be lagging behind in terms of modernization efforts.  This has most likely occurred because they have not been able to significantly invest in the requisite infrastructure.   

Analysis of the UAE is difficult because the federal and emirate governments do not publish comprehensive, accurate statistics. Moreover, private institutions, including banks and foreign oil companies, are not allowed to disseminate statistics to the public. Information regarding government budgets, etc. are frequently only available from external sources or are propagandized by the State.

This website provides a detailed insight into the information technology landscape of the United Arab Emirates.  The nineteen links on the left side of the page will allow you to navigate around the entire site.  For a brief overview of the information technology landscape please click on Executive Summary

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