Dubai stands first in the world in ‘Scientific & Technical Employment,’ as well as in the ‘Number of Internet Users’ and ‘Tablet Possession’ according to the Dubai Digital Competitiveness Report 2018 issued by the International Competitiveness Centre of the Switzerland-based Institute of Management Development (IMD) in co-operation with the Dubai Competitiveness Office (DCO) of the Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Smart Dubai Office.
The report, which is the first of its kind in the region, also ranks Dubai among the top 10 across various other competitiveness indicators, including in ‘Cyber Security,’ ‘Net Flow of International Students,’ ‘Management of Cities,’ ‘International Experience,’ ‘Public-Private Partnerships’ in technology, and the presence of ‘Highly Skilled Foreign Personnel.’
The IMD ranking provides a measure of the capacity of an economy to harness digital technologies leading to transformation in government practices, business models, and the society in general
The report was announced today in Dubai in the presence of Their Excellences Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of DED; Dr Aisha Bin Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai Office; Abdul Aziz Al Jazairi, Deputy CEO for Projects, Dubai Future Foundation; Hani Al Hamli, Director of DCO; Sheikha Mona Abdullah Al Mualla, Deputy Director of DCO; Younis Al Nasser, Assistant General Manager of Smart Dubai Office, and representatives of government and universities in the UAE.
The report compares Dubai’s economy with 63 others across the world based on three main axes – knowledge, technology and future readiness – and three main indicators under each of them. Classified according to 50 sub-indices, the ranking providing a reference framework for public and private decision-makers in Dubai to design appropriate strategies and policies that promote sustainable economic growth and consolidate the emirate’s position on the global competitiveness map.
Hani Al Hamli added that the report compares Dubai’s performance with advanced and emerging economies while also highlighting the main features of the emirate’s economy and identifying strengths and areas that need to be developed for optimising value and ensuring sustainable growth.