Mastercard says UAE has the highest average online shopping spend

A recent survey on online shopping habits by MasterCard Worldwide revealed that in fourth quarter 2009, the UAE had the highest average online shopping spend in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region, of US$1,048, compared to a slightly higher figure of US$ 1,193 a year ago.

The survey has also showed that online shoppers in the UAE made an average of 4 purchases in 4Q 2009 compared to 4.2 purchases in fourth quarter 2008.

BlackBerry dispute resolved before deadline in UAE

Not that consumers doubted that…. but, there was a general sigh of relief when UAE authorities confirmed that they will not suspend BlackBerry services on October 11 after resolving a dispute with its Canadian maker Research in Motion.

BlackBerry’s encryption technology had raised concerns among officials in countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and India that police are blocked from checking electronic data for illegal activity.

In a statement on its website today, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said: “BlackBerry services are now compliant with the UAE’s telecommunications regulatory framework.”