In terms of ICT infrastructure, access and usage, the MENA region has seen steady, albeit comparatively slow, growth in recent years. The United Arab Emirates is the fastest growing market for artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technology, followed by Saudi Arabia. Experts predict that more than 14% of the UAE's GDP will be driven by AI by 2030.
There are large differences between countries in the MENA region, which is due to the fact that internet is not used to the same extent everywhere. In the UAE, almost 100% of the population uses the Internet, while in Algeria only about 50% do. However, the figures increase as coverage expands.