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Harnessing the Cloud: UAE’s Economy to Rise by $181 Billion by 2033

Published by UAE Business

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has long been at the forefront of embracing technological advancements to drive its economic growth. Recently, the country has embraced the extraordinary capabilities of cloud computing, realising its potential to transform industries and supercharge productivity. A groundbreaking study now uncovers the awe-inspiring revelation that tapping into the immense power of the cloud is predicted to insinuate an astonishing $181 billion into the UAE economy by 2033. This remarkable feat is set to firmly establish the UAE as an unrivalled global frontrunner in the ongoing digital revolution.

Driving Innovation and Economic Growth

Cloud computing has significantly emerged in business and technology. The ability to store and access data and applications remotely through the cloud increases efficiency, scalability, and cost savings.

“As a leading economy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the UAE has embraced cloud technology proactively. With its visionary leadership and robust digital infrastructure, the UAE is well-positioned to capitalise on the immense opportunities the cloud offers.

Our recent regional statistics show that cloud adoption in the MENA region is rapidly increasing, as 71% already use the public cloud. Moreover, 86% of companies plan to move more data to the cloud in the next 1-3 years, citing improved data accessibility (48%), optimised data storage and backup (44%) and reduced costs (38%) as driving forces. Of those using the public cloud, 85% of organisations currently have a multi-cloud model, meaning they are working with two or more hyperscalers.” said Karim Azar, Regional Vice President of Emerging Markets, Middle East & Turkey at Cloudera. 

The economic impact of cloud computing in the UAE is expected to be substantial. The projected $181 billion boost to the economy by 2033 will be driven by increased IT spending, productivity gains, and new business opportunities. 

“The MEA public cloud market, as a whole, is expected to reach 4.8 billion USD in 2023, with a compound annual growth rate of 21.5%. These figures reflect the growing recognition of the cloud’s potential to drive economic growth, enhance operational efficiency, and foster digital transformation across industries,” stated Azar. He also mentioned that embracing cloud technology empowers businesses to attain scalability, agility, and cost-efficiency, empowering them to flourish in an increasingly cutthroat business environment.

Transformation of Industries

Adopting cloud computing will bring transformative changes across industries in the UAE. In finance, cloud-based platforms offer secure storage and processing of vast amounts of financial data, allowing financial institutions to streamline operations, reduce costs, and enhance customer services. Real-time analytics can provide real-time insights, enabling banks to make data-driven decisions.

The healthcare industry is another sector set to benefit immensely from cloud adoption. Cloud-based electronic health records facilitate seamless data exchange among healthcare providers, improving patient care coordination and reducing medical errors. Furthermore, advanced analytics on cloud platforms enable researchers to analyse massive datasets and accelerate medical breakthroughs, leading to better treatments and improved public health outcomes.

Education and e-learning are also poised for a digital revolution through cloud technology. The agility promotes personalised learning experiences, teamwork, and the blossoming of digital skills, preparing the UAE’s workforce for the future.

“Cloud technology enhances collaboration and connectivity within the UAE and globally. The collaborative environment fuels entrepreneurship, attracts investments, and positions the UAE as a regional hub for digital innovation,” added Azar. 

Government Initiatives and Collaboration

Recognising the significance of cloud computing in driving economic growth, the UAE government has proactively promoted its adoption. The National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 and the UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution highlight the importance of cloud technology as a fundamental pillar of digital transformation.

The government’s commitment to creating a favourable ecosystem for cloud adoption includes initiatives such as the Cloud First Policy, which encourages government entities to prioritise cloud solutions when procuring IT services. Moreover, the UAE aims to attract leading cloud service providers to establish data centres, fostering collaboration and driving local innovation.

The UAE’s visionary approach to embracing cloud computing is set to propel its economy to new heights. With a projected $181 billion boost by 2033, the country is poised to become a global leader in the digital economy. 


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