The UAE has adopted an aggressive policy towards the implementation of ICT technology and supporting infrastructure. This policy views the development of the ICT sector as a premier vehicle to attract foreign investors as well as a means to promote the diversification of the UAE economy. Over the past five years, the UAE established and implemented a National Telecom Policy to encourage development and innovation within the ICT sector. This General Policy for the Telecommunication Sector (GTP) accelerated growth and development within the sector from 2006-2010. The UAE is ranked 1st among Arab States (ranked 29th worldwide) and is experiencing a large value increase as a result of strong performance in both ICT access and use. The UAE also sponsored the ICT Development Fund in 2005. The first of its kind in the Middle East, this fund is intended to promote innovative research and development both regionally and globally in this field. Cyber Security is also a growing field as the U.A.E. is home to Advanced Integrated Systems, the fastest growing homeland security company in the world. AIS is building a reputation as a quality resource in the cyber field.
Opportunities for U.S. companies include all new ICT technologies, developing the UAE’s human capital, encouraging research and development, and creating the overall groundwork to allow the UAE to become a regional hub. Key projects include infrastructure projects like Dubai Technology E-Commerce and Media Free Zone (TECOM) allowing the UAE to become the largest ICT base in the region. Private sector partnerships have also driven the sector in new directions. Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research (KUSTAR) has paired with Intel Corporation to educate the UAE community about silicon technology.