99% internet penetration and much more: Digital UAE – Factsheet

In the heart of the modern world, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is carving its digital legacy with a remarkable 99% internet penetration rate. The recently released “Digital UAE – Factsheet” report from the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) paints a vivid picture of the UAE’s digital landscape, intertwining impressive facts with the nation’s fervent commitment to pioneering digital transformation.

The Digital Pinnacle: Internet Penetration and Usage

Embracing digital prowess, the UAE sets a global benchmark with a staggering 99 percent of its population actively connected to the internet. Beyond a mere statistic, this exceptional figure is a testament to the nation’s commitment to digital inclusion. The internet plays a multifaceted role, from being a virtual marketplace and learning hub to a social nexus and entertainment sanctuary. The report highlights diverse internet activities, from social networking to information-seeking, reflecting the digital tapestry woven into the UAE’s social fabric.

Swift Connections: Breakneck Internet Speeds

A standout feature of the UAE’s digital landscape is its lightning-fast internet speeds. With smartphone download speeds clocking in at an impressive 161.15 Mbit/s and fixed internet download speeds soaring to 207.41 Mbit/s, the UAE surges forward in digital connectivity. Notably, these speeds have witnessed a steady annual increase, amplifying the nation’s commitment to staying ahead in the digital race.

Government at Your Fingertips: Unified Digital Platform

At the heart of the UAE’s digital success story lies the Unified Digital Platform (U.ae). Serving as the gateway to governmental services and information, this interface saw a monumental 19 million visitors and 30 million visits in 2022 alone. Offering an astounding 2,630 digital services from 221 governmental entities, the platform shines as a true embodiment of digital accessibility and convenience. With a satisfaction index soaring at approximately 90 percent, the U.ae platform emerges as a global digital role model.

The AI Revolution: Enhanced Digital Experiences

An exciting development this year has been the integration of generative artificial intelligence (AI) into the Unified Digital Platform’s search feature. This revolutionary enhancement ushered in a new era of speed, precision, and personalization in search results. Witnessing an astonishing 60,000 searches within the first month, with a staggering satisfaction rate of 98.5 percent, this AI-powered innovation mirrors the UAE’s stride towards cutting-edge technology.

Digital Identity Empowerment: UAE Pass

The UAE’s digital journey extends beyond interfaces and platforms to encompass individual empowerment. The UAE Pass digital identity app has rapidly gained traction, boasting a user base of 5 million. This user community is reaping the benefits of nearly 15,000 electronic services, reflecting the seamless integration of digital identities into everyday transactions.

The .ae Domain: A Digital Identity Stamp

The UAE’s digital identity is further solidified through its top-level domain, “.ae.” Boasting over 300,000 registered websites, this domain encapsulates the nation’s diverse online presence. The report reveals a remarkable surge, with a 20 percent increase in domain registrations in 2022, indicating a thriving digital entrepreneurial spirit. The report also introduces the “Name Idea” service, which utilizes AI algorithms to craft fitting domain names for businesses, experiencing a 65 percent surge in demand within a single month.

The Social Media Ecosystem: Connectivity in Abundance

Social media has seamlessly woven itself into the UAE’s digital tapestry, with a staggering 10 million active accounts โ€“ a remarkable 105.5 percent compared to the population. Spending an average of 2.33 hours daily on social media, the UAE showcases its digital sociability. The realm of applications is equally vibrant, with a 16.4 percent year-on-year surge in app downloads, driving an impressive 25.3 percent increase in app-related expenditures.


The “Digital UAE – Factsheet” report illuminates the UAE’s remarkable journey through the digital landscape, where innovation, accessibility, and connectivity converge. As the UAE continues to forge ahead with its digital transformation strategy, its achievements stand as a testament to the nation’s commitment to embracing the digital age. With a digital environment primed for excellence and an unwavering commitment to progress, the UAE’s digital narrative is an inspiring blueprint for nations seeking to navigate the uncharted waters of the digital era.

Source: https://wam.ae/en/details/1395303185708


  1. Gurbani Kaur Avatar
    Gurbani Kaur

    Internet penetration nation-wide is not only essential for the development of countries, but primarily for its citizens. It enables convenience, suitability, wider audience and so on. Thus, this attempt is highly applauded

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