The UAE maintains its good standing in this year’s edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII), ranking number one in the Arab World and up to 36th globally. The country ranked 24th and 58th on the innovation input and output sub-indices respectively. The results were officially presented in the Indian capital of New Delhi in front of high-level figures, with the UAE being represented by His Excellency Dr Ahmed Al Banna, the country’s ambassador to India.
The positive positioning across these indices reflects the significant improvements and high performances in pillars such as human capital and research, infrastructure, creative outputs, and institutions. For example, these pillars include increases in indicators such as global R&D companies’ expenditure, government online services and e-participation indices, creative goods exports, and ease of starting a business.
The UAE is now implementing a strategic roadmap that aims at improving its short-term results in the GII as part of the overall National Agenda, while also enhancing long-term innovation results. The objective is to position the UAE as one of the most innovative countries in the world.