No conversation about the UAE is ever complete without talking about the incredible changes that the country has gone through over the last few decades. In recent years, the rate of this transformation has only sped up. We now see an even greater emphasis on technology, global trade and tourism in the nation’s administrative policies and international relationships. UAE is emerging as a global power with an increasing say and influence in world affairs.
The Emirati population has taken to social media like fish to water. Emiratis, on average, spend 2.56 hours on social media daily. Much like in the rest of the world, social media has become one of the most essential parts of daily internet usage in the UAE. It has given a voice to the ignored and served as a melting pot of ideas of all kinds.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is known as the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds. The Kingdom is revered as the land of the two holy mosques and the direction to which Muslims all over the world, turn towards in prayer, every day.
The second largest Arab state, over the past decade, KSA’s GDP (Gross National Product) has grown by about 520 billion USD owing to the positive import-export trade balance. In fact, Saudi Arabia exports revenue is 2.5 times more than its imports revenue. In his Vision 2030 statement, the Crown Prince Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz envisions to build Saudi Arabia as an investment powerhouse and a hub connecting the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa.
The last two decades have completely reshaped the digital landscape of UAE. By creating a conducive environment for digital technologies through infrastructure and policies, UAE has now grown into the most digital-friendly country in the Middle East. By promoting innovators, the country has also been playing a prominent role in the growth of new digital technologies.
Snapchat works almost the way we communicate with people face to face. What it means is that when we talk to people we meet, nothing is ever saved or stored, these moments disappear. The disappearing photos feature changed the game for Snapchat, going the opposite route of the other social networks where every interaction is stored digitally. This created an entirely new social networking experience which caused teenagers to flock to this newbie platform.
Perched on the shores of the Persian Gulf and flowing in from the magnificent dunes of the Arabian Desert is the City of Lights. Dubai is a treat for the senses for any tourist or experience seeker.
In the list of international luxury holiday destinations, Dubai holds a special place. And why not! The city hosts the world’s tallest building, the largest indoor theme park, the biggest shopping mall and one of the most magnificent man-made islands in the world. But that’s not all. At the core of this sprawling garden of tall towers is a city rich in culture and history.
In this spirit of travel, we set out to explore the tourism scene in Dubai and chanced upon some fascinating facts.
Driven by the newly elevated crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia is undergoing unprecedented social changes. The whole of Saudi society is moving towards a more progressive mindset. This modernism is being reflected in how they engage with each other and the rest of the world over social media and the internet.
Ecommerce has been one of the fastest growing businesses in the Middle East, and UAE has some of the most exciting online shopping figures in the region. Propelled by the country’s near complete internet penetration and its reputation as a world-class shopping destination, ecommerce has witnessed incredible growth in the UAE over the past 5 years. So much so that terms like “megatrend” have increasingly come to be used when talking about ecommerce in the country. In the following sections we explore this growth in detail and try to understand the varied characteristics of the ecommerce space in the UAE.
As the most technically sophisticated city in one of the fastest developing countries in the world, Dubai’s embrace of internet technologies and social media has been extraordinary. Out of the UAE’s population of about 9.54 million, around 9 million are active Facebook users. Out of total number of Facebook users in the UAE, nearly half are based in Dubai. Below we take a detailed and comprehensive visual look at a few Facebook related stats for the emirate.