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UAE's outsourcing sector to hit $6.8bn by 2023

DUBAI, April 27, 2019

The UAE's Outsourcing and Shared Services (OSS) sector is poised for solid growth over the next five years with its spending likely to hit $6.8 billion by 2023 from an estimated $4.8 billion last year, said a report by Deloitte, a leading professional services firm. 
 
Innovations and advancements have in recent years given rise to new exponential technologies, leading to the digital disruption and transformation of organizations, entire industries and nations, stated Deloitte.
 
Of these, cloud computing (CC), robotic process automation (RPA), and artificial intelligence (AI) are taking hold in the OSS industry and are anticipated to have a significant impact going forward, it added.
 
A new Deloitte and Dubai Outsource City (DOC) whitepaper, "Outsourcing and Shared Services 2019-2023; Global, Middle East and UAE Industry Outlooks" studies the OSS industry across these dimensions from a global, regional and local UAE perspective, where the UAE is one of the key OSS hubs and gateways to serving Arab countries across the Middle East. 
 
Based on this, the report provides an outlook of the OSS industry and offers a way forward for buyers, vendors and operators to capitalize on the opportunities that are present across the region.
 
"Deloitte analysis estimates that the OSS industry is expected to exceed $1 trillion within the next 6 years, in 2023," remarked Emmanuel Durou, Partner and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Leader at Deloitte Middle East. 
 
Cost reduction, strategic and competitive advantages and major exponential technologies disrupting the industry – including AI, and cloud computing – are the key growth drivers and trends are pushing OSS to the top of board agendas, explained Durou.
 
"In the Middle East region, countries are undergoing major economic transformations, targeting diversification and non-oil growth. This has fueled the rapid adoption of new disruptive technologies and raised OSS as a key non-oil industry of significant strategic importance, alongside ICT, and telecom," he added.
 
Ammar Al Malik, the managing director of Dubai Internet City (DIC) and Dubai Outsource City (DOC), said: "In the recent years the UAE has massively stepped up its efforts towards digital transformation through visionary initiatives such as the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence and the Dubai Blockchain Strategy."
 
"These policies, coupled with the nation-wide push towards disruptive technologies, is sure to make a significant impact upon all economic sectors including the rapidly maturing local outsourcing industry," he added.
 
According to the report, Dubai’s outsourcing sector is poised to become a regional leader for OSS, especially as the industry crosses the trillion-dollar threshold in the next few years. 
 
"The government’s move towards digitisation and automation becomes all the more lucrative for OSS providers and businesses once we take the city’s thriving start-up network into account, which presents a massive, dynamic ecosystem to tap into," he added.
 
In the Middle East, there are around 150 shared service centers across the region, and the largest markets for OSS are the UAE and Saudi Arabia, with highest OSS spend.
 
The UAE is the most popular OSS market and hub in the region, and there is huge demand outweighing supply and the largest spenders are banks, the government and the THL (travel, hospitality and leisure) industry, said the report.
 
The UAE is also home to a large competitive landscape with over 100 OSS players in the market, including many blue chip giants, it added.-TradeArabia News Service



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