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United Arab Emirates Information Technology Sector Set to Recover in 2010

United Arab Emirates : 03 February 2010

Spending in the IT sector in the UAE is forecasted to recover in 2010, with projected spending on IT products and services to reach 3 Billion US Dollars.

Government initiatives in Education and Healthcare, where the UAE Ministry of Education announced an AED 79 Million budget to supply computers and internet to state schools and the Federal government’s healthcare  initiative for IT to completely integrate the electronic platform connecting 13 hospitals run by the state and 67 affiliated clinics in the UAE.

It is forecasted that around 548 Million dollars will be spent on software in the UAE in 2010 . Particular areas of note are the ERP markets within Retail; with SAP signing a BusinessObjects Solution to the EMKE Group, and Microsoft clinching a deal with the UAEs biggest supermarket chain,  Aswaaq, to implement Dynamics Navision ERP platform.

Spending in the IT Services will continue to grow positively, with a predicted $892 Million in 2010 to circa USD $1.4 Billion within 4 years. The region’s major telecommunications companies, Etisalat and du have both cut broadband prices which has helped to grow the demand for broadband services and make this more affordable for residential customers. It is expected that dialup will occupy a smaller share of the market and there are already plans for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network and WiMAX wireless services.

Paul Holdsworth, 3rd Feb 2010

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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