UAE records 216% rise in use of Digital Signatures and Blockchain

February 20, 2024 by
UAE records 216% rise in use of Digital Signatures and Blockchain
DxTalks, Ibrahim Kazeem

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (February 20, 2024) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government's forward-thinking approach has ignited a digital revolution within the country, leading to a staggering 216% increase in the use of digital signatures in 2023 alone. This surge, reported by the state-run news agency, reflects the UAE's commitment to building a pioneering digital economy.

"The UAE government is actively developing and implementing initiatives that lay the foundation for a leading digital economy," emphasized Omar bin Sultan Al-Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications. He highlighted how this strategy leverages national talent and cutting-edge technologies, driving the contribution of the digital economy to non-oil GDP within the next decade.

Beyond digital signatures, blockchain technology is also gaining traction in the UAE. Nine banks, six exchange houses, and three insurance companies adopted blockchain solutions during the same period, showcasing the country's embrace of innovative solutions.

Minister Al-Olama further emphasized the government's accelerated efforts to implement digital solutions across various sectors. These initiatives aim to shape the UAE's digital future, solidifying its global leadership and competitiveness.

This dedication was evident at a recent meeting of the UAE Council for Digital Economy, chaired by Minister Al-Olama. The council reviewed progress on key strategic initiatives supporting the UAE's digitalization goals, encompassing areas like infrastructure, digital transactions, e-commerce, financial technologies, and talent development.

The council acknowledged the significant rise in adoption of digital solutions across the country, fueled by ongoing infrastructure development. Additionally, the meeting reviewed the launch of new digital services within the federal network, including voice-to-text and text-to-voice conversion, translation, sentiment analysis, and access to high-performance computing resources for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Discussions also touched upon crucial topics like government service level policies, data center distribution, and cloud computing deployment in the Gulf region.

 The UAE's proactive approach is shaping its digital landscape, showcasing its vision for a future powered by innovative technologies and robust digital infrastructure. This surge in digital signatures and blockchain adoption marks a significant step towards achieving this ambitious goal, solidifying the UAE's position as a leader in the digital revolution.

What does this mean for the UAE Digital Economy going forward?

The UAE's digital economy paints a future awash in paperless transactions and secure, innovative solutions. The 216% surge in digital signatures and rising blockchain adoption paint a clear picture: the UAE is actively building a next-generation digital infrastructure.

This not only streamlines processes and boosts efficiency, but attracts investment and talent, solidifying the UAE's position as a regional and global digital leader. Blockchain's presence empowers secure data exchange and fosters trust in transactions across diverse industries.

However, challenges remain. Bridging the digital divide and ensuring equitable access will be crucial in maximizing the impact of this transformation. Furthermore, addressing data privacy and security concerns in a decentralized blockchain-based future is paramount.

Overall, the UAE's digital surge marks a significant step towards a secure, efficient, and globally competitive future. By navigating potential challenges responsibly, the UAE can ensure its digital economy reaches its full potential and benefits all stakeholders.


UAE records 216% rise in use of Digital Signatures and Blockchain
DxTalks, Ibrahim Kazeem February 20, 2024