Close competition between Saudi Arabia and the UAE over spyware
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are competing with each other to obtain the top rank in cyber security in the region and to acquire espionage and hacking tools.
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According to the "Intelligence Online" website, the Saudi regime is strengthening its cyber security in a targeted and planned manner in order to strengthen its spying, hacking and repressive measures.
Referring to the tight commercial and cyber competition between Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the region, this website wrote: Saudi Arabia's efforts to advance its cyber power are fruit bearing; while business opportunities for the UAE as a neighbor and competitor of Saudi Arabia have stagnated.
According to Intelligence Online, Saudi Arabia is using soft and hard power to increase its efforts to absorb the latest technologies. The cyber security fairs, which symbolize the ongoing cyber battle between the Gulf Arab states for more influence, are one aspect of the soft power strategy that Saudi Arabia is using to create a balance with its Emirati neighbor.
To challenge the GISEC Cyber Security Trade Fair (GISEC) in Dubai, Saudi Arabia is holding the Cyber Security Trade Fair (Black Hat), which is actually the regional version of the big US cyber security event of the same name.
According to Intelligence Online, such events clearly represent Riyadh's long-term policy in an effort to strengthen its position as the new center of the electronics industry in the Persian Gulf and Africa and compete with the UAE.
The UAE has most of the regional headquarters of multinational companies, which is supposed to charge 9% tax from these companies next year instead of free attendance, which is still 20% lower than the rate imposed on these companies by Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh asked commercial companies operating in Saudi Arabia to establish their regional headquarters in this country by the beginning of 2024.
Experts believe that achieving the goals of the Saudi plan may cost the UAE a loss of its position as the center of foreign and emerging companies in the Arab world.
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