UAE ranks 11 Globally; First in Region, In Global Knowledge Index

The United Arab Emirates is no lacking behind when it comes to knowledge. The country has been focussing on overall development of the nation, this can be very well known from its position which it held in the Global Knowledge Index. The country held 11th rank globally in this index. Besides this, the UAE topped the list among the countries of the Arab World. This was the fifth edition of the Global Knowledge Index.

Under the backing of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF), the Global Knowledge Index was released on Monday.

In this latest edition, the index was prepared on the basis of 155 variables, picked from more than 40 international sources and different data bases.

The outcomes of global knowledge index prepared for 2021 divulged that the European nation, Switzerland topped the index globally and acquired the first position. This is for the fifth time in a row for Switzerland holding the first place in the Global Knowledge Index, followed by Sweden, the United States, Finland and the Netherlands.

“The world is not completely out of the grip of Covid-19, but without doubt what stands out as we negotiated these trying times, is the relentless quest for knowledge that led us to develop vaccines as well as remedial and precautionary measures against the virus. Obviously, this continuing focus on knowledge and its triumph is what has led us to bring back careful normalcy in our daily life, and what has enabled this face-to-face meeting today,” said Jamal bin Huwaireb, CEO, MBRF.


Globally, the country level participation in GKI 2021 has been increased in comparison to the previous year’s 138 to 154 this year.  

Other countries in the GKI global leader list up to the 100th position included Qatar at the 38th place, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at 40, Kuwait (48), Oman (52), Egypt (53), Bahrain (55), Tunisia (83) and Lebanon (92). Morocco was at 101 globally, followed by Jordan (103), Algeria (111), Iraq (137), Sudan (145), Mauritania (147) and Yemen (150).

“When the word stands at these challenging cross roads, the increased global participation at GKI is a robust indicator of how knowledge is the single most factor that will help world nations prosper and lead in front for the benefit of posterity with sustainable focus. In this context, the GKI series has developed into an accepted and prudent benchmark in assessing knowledge-based societies and their growth,” said Dena Assaf of the UN.

“It is encouraging to see that in certain key branch indexes that drive knowledge, innovation and education, Arab countries have been faring well and is firmly on the road to progress. Significantly, it shows the positive impact of the awareness that the new world is largely shaped and led by countries that have an edge in knowledge,” said Khaled Abdel-Shafi, Regional Hub Manager, UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS).

The average global performance rate at the knowledge index 2021 stood at 48.4 per cent, while for the seven branch indexes of the index, the best performance was for pre-university education at 60.8 per cent, followed by enabling environment (55.3), economy (52.9), technical learning and professional training (51.2), higher education (46.1), ICT (43.3) and research and development and innovation (31.4).

Global Knowledge Index (GKI) is prepared and released on annual basis, since 2017 via the Knowledge Project, which is a partnership between UNDP-RBAS and MBRF. The index involves 155 variables, chosen from 40+ sources and various global data bases, like that of the UNESCO, World Bank, ITU (International Telecommunication Union), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and so on.

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