Knowledge Economy Research on the Middle East

Madar Research and Development (MRD)

is a knowledge-creating company that has two main departments: ICT market research and research-based software development.
Madar Research and Development (MRD) established in June 2002 in Dubai Media City to fill the void for primary and secondary research in the Arab world by creating a unique source of authoritative information through its research center and publications.
In 2012, the company shifted its operation to Dubai Internet City and created Research Based Software Development Division.
In September 2012, Madar Research and Development (MRD) has been acquired by Mobile Interactive Technology Solutions Co. (MITSCo).


MRD Vision

To support the Arab Governments' efforts in transforming their countries into Knowledge-Based Economies by promoting a Research and Development Culture with special focus on Arabic linguistics and search science.

MRD Mission

To provide ICT market research and software development services with an R&D team that is capable of creating new knowledge, disseminating it throughout the organization, and bringing it to life through products, services, and systems.

Annual & Biennial Reports

  • Arab ICT Use

    The Arab ICT Use Index examines four major indicators for each of the 18 MENA economies: mobile phone subscriber, fixed-line subscribers, internet users and installed computers. The index is calculated by adding the values of these four indicators for each country and dividing the sum by its population. A higher score indicates more aggressive ICT adoption.

  • Transition to Knowledge Society

    The Transition to Knowledge Society In Saudi Arabia examines Saudi Arabia’s transfer towards knowledge society by gauging science, technology and innovation indicators in major sectors in the Kingdom.

  • Arab e-Landscape

    The e-Landscape reports present the whole picture concerning the level of ICT usage in the most important economic sectors in each of the Middle Eastern countries. These reports are valuable both for IT decision makers in the government, as well as the IT vendors as they offer a logical map of ongoing developments in each country as far as ICT utilization is concerned. These reports present the strengths and weaknesses of each country’s IT Strategy or Blueprint, where one is in place.

MRD Clients

    King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology

    United Nations


    Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre

    Microsoft Gulf

    Intel Middle East

  • BMOC
    Bahrain Ministry of Commerce

    American University of Sharjah