The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) said the UAE was among the world’s leading countries in various digital life indexes, due to the significant advancement of its information and communication technology sector.
In its report, titled, “Digital Lifestyle in the UAE,” the TDRA noted that in line with the figures included in relevant international reports, the UAE was ranked first globally in the use of social media, second globally and first in the Arab region in the use of the internet, and the ninth globally and first in the Arab region in e-commerce.
The report also noted that the UAE is the first country in the region to establish a digital government in 2001, and has promoted digitisation as a lifestyle to be practised by individuals and organisations to achieve the highest levels of efficiency.
In detail, the UAE was ranked first globally in terms of mobile internet speed, with the average internet speed in the country being 134.48 megabytes per second (Mbps) while the global average is 30 Mbps.
The report added that the UAE was ranked 13th globally in terms of home internet speed, with the average internet speed in the country reaching 124.7 Mbps compared to the global average of 63.46 Mbps.
The country was also ranked second globally in terms of internet usage at a rate of 99 percent compared to the global average of 62.5 percent, indicating that the number of internet users in the UAE is 9.935 million.
The report also showed that the UAE was ranked 12th globally in terms of time spent using mobile internet at 4 hours and 35 minutes, compared to the global average of three hours and 43 minutes. The country was also ranked 11th globally in terms of time spent using the internet.