UAE tech addicts: 71% of residents cannot live without laptop, smartphone.

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New figures have revealed an addiction to technology amongst UAE residents, with 71 per cent stating that they could not live without their laptops or smart phones.

Commissioned by dmg events Middle East as it gears up for the December launch of the region’s largest consumer lifestyle event – The Life & Style Show UAE – the survey provides unique insight into the attitudes of UAE residents towards all-things tech.

The findings also highlight that money is no object when it comes to purchasing gadgets, with more than half (53 per cent) of those surveyed admitting to spending up to Dh10,000 a year on technology and a further 15 per cent splurging Dh15,000 annually.

The survey also showed the UAE is a nation of gamers with one in ten claiming to own an average of three games consoles, while 20 per cent switch between two.

The UAE’s consumer electronics industry is booming, with it predicted to reach $3.97 billion by 2015.

Euro monitor International suggests that the rise in disposable income coupled with strong consumer interest in gadgets such as smart phones or tablet PCs was responsible for the industry‘s growth in 2012.

Taking place from December 5-7 2013 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (Adnec), The Life & Style Show UAE will comprise of seven individual events, including one specific to technology; Gizmos, Gadgets & Tech.

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