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It’s no longer just the ‘Internet of Things’ but has transformed into the ‘Internet of Life’ due to huge impact of the internet, apps, smartphones and other ICT technologies on our social lives.

With the increasing adoption in ICT, the influence is even growing on the UAE residents’ social and moral lives.

This reflects in ‘The Global Information Technology Report 2015’ - study released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), revealing that the impact of the ICT (information and communication technology) on UAE residents’ social life is the 2nd highest in the world.

This is thanks to access to basic services, Internet access in schools, ICT use and government efficiency.

In terms of economic impact, UAE is 27th in the world.

According to Internet World Stats, the UAE has about 9.2 million users or 95.7 per cent of the population at the end of June 30, 2014, second highest after Bahrain (98.7%).

When it comes to usage, the UAE government is 2nd highest in the world after Singapore.

The high penetration of Internet and mobile is reflected in the individual and businesses usage as well, ranked 20th and 27th – respectively – worldwide.

This high rate of Internet penetration is also mirrored in the higher number of Facebook users in the country.