How UAE fared
UAE placed 19th out of 134 nations — six ranks up from 25th place in 2017. The UAE was also deemed as belonging to the elite group of six countries — US, UK, Brazil, Finland and Singapore — leading progress in new technology such as AI, cybersecurity, blockchain, and biotech.
Economy: UAE placed second, same as last year.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training: UAE jumps from 24th to 14th rank.
Pre-University Education: 13
Higher Education: 20
Research, Development and Innovation: 36
Information and Communications Technology: 16
General Enabling Environment :41