Dubai tops Middle East in Digital Cities Index
Dubai took first place in the MENA, and ranked 18th globally, in The Economist Impact think tank’s Digital Cities Index, 2022, which tracks the level of digitization in the world’s cities through four main pillars: digital communication, digital services, digital culture, and sustainability.
It garnered a balance score of 63.8 on the general index, placing it first in the region and 18th globally.
It also ranked second globally in ‘Digital Skills,’ one of the sub-indicators in the Economist Impact think tank’s Digital Cities Index, 2022.
Furthermore, the emirate ranked second globally in another sub-index within the general index, “trust in government digital platforms,” where 79 percent of ordinary people in Dubai expressed confidence in government digital platforms and expressed willingness to provide them with personal and financial data. Meanwhile, New Delhi ranked first globally, with 80 percent of its citizens expressing trust in government digital platforms.
In addition, Dubai received full marks for providing digital-supported traffic services with Internet of Things (IoT) applications, ranking first regionally and ninth globally in the Digital Finance index, one of the sub-indicators within the overall index.
Dubai outperformed Madrid, Tokyo, Rome, Auckland, and Kuala Lumpur in the general index, as well as New Delhi, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Geneva, and Frankfurt.
Recently, Dubai ranked first in the region and 14th globally in the luxury lifestyle index, outperforming high-end cities like Bangkok and Barcelona.
According to the report, hotel apartment prices increased by 195 percent year on year, followed by residential property prices increasing by 44 percent, while technical packages increased by 41 percent.