The latest data on ICT development from ITU show continued progress in connectivity and use of ICTs. Bahrain leads the Arab world in terms of the ICT development index. It's ranked 31 overall. UAE ranks 40th, Saudi Arabia is on 54th rank, while Oman features next on 62nd rank.
This year's report finds that concurrent advances in the Internet of Things, big data analytics, cloud computing and artificial intelligence will enable tremendous innovations and fundamentally transform business, government and society. "This revolution will unfold," the report states, "over the coming decades with opportunities, challenges, and implications that are not yet fully known. To harness these benefits, countries will need to create conditions supportive to the deployment of next-generation network and service infrastructures. They will also have to adopt policies that are conducive to experimentation and innovation, while mitigating potential risks to information security, privacy, and employment."
"This year's report shows that ICTs have the potential to make the world a better place and contribute immensely to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. "However, despite the overall progress achieved, the digital divide remains a challenge which needs to be addressed."