Considered to be the gateway to online retail in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates, or the UAE, only boasts about a quarter of a billion dollars in online retail sales annually but has other reasons that makes it an important target for e-commerce.
Compared with many of the rising online retail stars worldwide, residents of the UAE have one of the highest rates of computer ownership and internet connectivity. They also have retail spending that averages the same as residents of the USA, which means they have a lot of disposable income that they use to buy luxury items.
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