During the 25th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology, which was held virtually at the end of December, the city of Muscat, capital of Oman, was named digital capital of the Arab world for the coming year. It succeeds Egypt, named digital capital 2021.
A regional initiative
The initiative of these “Arab Digital Capitals” was created by Saudi Arabia to highlight the research, implementation and digital innovations deployed by Arab countries. It is part of the “Joint Arab Digital Declaration” to unify the orientations of Arab countries in the field of information technology and digital communications, presented at the 23rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology in 2019.
The selected city thus has a pioneering role in launching initiatives that will have a regional impact, and will help to showcase the Arab world’s innovations in digital development.
Muscat, the city of digital transformation
It is of course no coincidence that the Omani capital has been chosen to represent the region’s digital advances. Oman is known for its strong digital capabilities and infrastructure, undersea cables that enable high-speed digital connections, but also modern logistics services, connected ports and airports, which could help attract fruitful investments to Oman, and the Gulf.
Oman has submitted its application for the title under the slogan “A digital future that creates opportunities“. For this state bordering the Arabian Sea, three areas are key to the development of digital in the region: cybersecurity, innovation, and digital capabilities. Indeed, the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology aims to train new digital talent, and strengthen cooperation in the region on cybersecurity.
“Muscat Governorate is adopting advanced technologies that enhance Oman’s economic and social growth, empower all other sectors, and attract local, regional, and international investments, in addition to enabling digital integration among Arab countries,” said Saeed bin Hamoud Al Maawali, Oman’s minister of transport, communications, and technology.
There is no doubt that future digital cooperation between Arab countries will result in a boom in all sectors in the region.