The UAE leads the Arab world in a report assessing global knowledge, it was announced on Thursday.
According to The National News, it was ranked first in the Arab world and 25th globally in the Global Knowledge Index 2022.
The index assesses 132 countries, including 11 Arab nations, in areas such as education, innovation, knowledge, the economy, technology and research and development.
It helps countries identify sectors in need of development and provides data that can inform how communities can grow.
The UAE was ranked first in technical and vocational education and training, 11th in economy and 15th in information and communications technology.
In a further boost, the country secured an average score of 58.9 across all categories in the index, well above the international average of 46.5.
The United States topped the global index, ahead of Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands.
Three more Gulf nations made the top 50, with Qatar placed 37th, Saudi Arabia in 43rd and Kuwait in 47th.
The report stated educational attainment rates – at university degree level – and high numbers of households with access to internet as among the UAE’s key strengths in bolstering knowledge.
The report noted areas for improvement, including social protection coverage, ecological footprint per capita and industrial design applications.
The report was completed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The UAE was praised for its access to mobile internet, households with internet access and educational attainment rate. (NewsWire)