Ramadan, digital jobs: What you need to know about the UAE today

UAE - Aerial view of Dubai Marina in the evening. Cropped from original. © Naufal MQ / Getty Images

The UAE is the most connected country in the Middle East and North Africa region, according to the Global Connectivity Index released (GCI) by Huawei. The report also stated that the UAE broadband market is one of the most advanced both regionally and globally.

Fixed broadband affordability has increased by 1 point in the GCI assessment, which is due to greater market competition brought in through the introduction of the shared fixed network, the report said. While 4G coverage is still showing improvement, the rates of smartphone penetration and computer household have hit the maximum score.

WILL TRAVELLING BE EASIER?

Travelling abroad from Abu Dhabi? Abu Dhabi International Airport is set to implement new technologies to boost efficiency across check-in, security immigration and baggage-claim in Terminals 1 and 3. Thanks to the new system, you may never have to waste your time at the immigration and baggage claim again.

LINKEDIN DATA SHOWS JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Digital jobs will become one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UAE, according to new data from LinkedIn.

The professional networking platform also reports that retail and hospitality have been the fastest-growing industries in the UAE over the last 15 years, followed by the hospital and healthcare, food-and-beverage, and marketing and advertising sectors. 

According to LinkedIn, more than three million people are using the network from the UAE.  

EMIRATES AMONG TOP BRANDS WORLDWIDE

Social media–monitoring firm Brandwatch has released its list of the 100 most visible brands in the world based on social media presence, and as far as brand visibility goes, sports brands rule.

Users posted 6.66 million photos of Adidas on social media, followed by Nike, with 5.13 million photos; Google, 3.88 million; Emirates, 2.84 million; and Puma, 2.71 million. The Dubai-based airline was the only brand from the Gulf region ranked among the 100 most visible brands of the world.

The report also said that most pictures of brands were taken by men. Around 79 per cent of Emirates pictures were shot by men and 21 per cent by women.

RAMADAN IN THE UAE

Although it is customary to wait for the official announcement of Ramadan by the moon-sighting committee in Saudi Arabia, astronomers have made their predictions: The first day of Ramadan this year is likely to be on May 16 or 17. However, this is subject to change based on moon sightings. 

“Ramadan in the UAE will most probably fall on Thursday, May 17. The crescent will be formed on Tuesday, May 15, but it will be impossible to see it after sunset,” Ebrahim Al Jarwan, General Supervisor at Sharjah Planetarium, was quoted as saying in Gulf News.

(Editing by Seban Scaria seban.scaria@thomsonreuters.com)

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