Digital Nation: How the United Arab Emirates is Building a Future Based on Tech Innovation

The first book-of-its-kind that explores the digital transformation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)


Digital Nation provides a comprehensive analysis of the UAE’s digital transformation journey. The book uncovers the mindset and approach of the UAE’s rulers and its senior leaders from public and private sectors as they pursue a digital vision and bring it to life. Along with commentary on the country’s digital strategies and initiatives, and its numerous successes, the book also identifies and addresses the challenges faced, and gives unique perspectives on how these can be addressed. Informed by interviews with numerous senior public and private sector leaders and executives, the book offers lessons for leaders, executives, and innovators around the world as they look to thrive in the era of digital transformation. It also provides useful insights to multinational firms, startup entrepreneurs and talented executives who are keen to leverage the opportunities offered by the UAE’s digital economy and ecosystem.

The book is available on,,, and bookstores in the UAE including Borders and Kinokuniya, and airport outlets.


about The Authors

He is a veteran of the UAE technology industry with over 30 years of experience in driving technology adoption in various public sector organisations. He has been the Director General of the Emirates ID Authority, a member of the scientific advisory committee of the UAE Space Agency, an Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on information technology, a Professor at the UAE University and the Vice President of the Emirates Information Technology Society. Currently, he is an Advisor to several public sector organisations in the UAE and assessor of various excellence programmes and awards, including the GCC eGovernment Award. He is also the Chairman of SmartWorld and a board member of the Emirates Safer Internet Society. Dr Aldhaheri holds a bachelor’s degree from the United Arab Emirates University, UAE, a master’s degree from George Washington University, USA, and a PhD from Drexel University, USA.

Dr Saeed K. Aldhaheri

He is a thought leader on the impact of digital transformation on economies,businesses and the tech industry, with a specialisation in the emerging markets of the Middle East and Africa. In a career spanning two decades, he has advised governments and policy makers, leading businesses, and global and localtech companies on technology-driven transformation. Based in Dubai, he is currently a senior executive at the International Data Corporation (IDC), a leading global technology analyst firm. He has authored numerous reports and frequently speaks at technology conferences. Rajan holds a bachelor’s degree from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India, and a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, India




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