The Arab World Online and the 4th Industrial Revolution

ArabNet Team, Nov 16 2017

The Arab World Online 2017, the latest report by Fadi Salem, Director of Policy Research and Advisory at the Dubai School of Government, focuses on the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ (4IR) in MENA. Including a large amount of data on IoT, AI, sharing economy services, and emerging technologies as well as public behavior and concerns, the report aims to draw a comprehensive picture of many aspects of the Arab World’s next phase of digital transformation.

Below are some interesting highlights from the report (and the report sections they can be found under).

  • By 2017, the penetration of internet users in the Arab region reached 42% of the population. By 2020, it is projected that one in every two Arabs (or around 49% of the population) will be using the Internet [Connectivity and ICT Adoption in the Arab Region in 2017]
  • More than 70% of people in the region spend 2 or more hours online on their Internet-connected phones, compared to 47% spending the same time using their computers, with 17.3% spending more than 10 hours online through their phones on a daily basis [Online Trends and Behaviors in the Arab World in 2017]
  • On average, according to survey respondents, the average Internet user in the Arab region spends around 74$ monthly online through the different online venues, up from around 44$ monthly two years ago [Online Trends and Behaviors in the Arab World in 2017]
  • Around 63% of Arabs use the Internet through multiple devices (more than one device) at the same. For example, by browsing the Internet on a laptop, communication through WhatsApp, and watching streamed videos on Smart TVs at the same time [Convergence between Virtual and Real Lives in the Arab World]
  • Readiness for 3D applications is clearly the highest in the region among 4IR technologies. More than 70% of Internet users in the region said they are willing to use 3D printing applications if made available at reasonable costs (only 13% said that they will not use them). [Emerging Technologies and the 4th Industrial Revolution]
  • A majority of Internet users (82%) in the survey realize the importance of data availability by the government and consider open government data as an important element of interacting with their government (51% said it is very important). [Open Data and Digital Government Interactions]

To check out the remainder of the highlights in the report, download it here.


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