Etisalat is the Middle East's leading telecommunications operator and one of the largest corporations in the six Arab countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, with a market value of approximately Dh81 billion (US$22 billion) and annual revenues of over Dh32.9 billion (US$9 billion).
A multinational, blue-chip organization, Etisalat has operations in 15 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Nearly 42,000 people are directly employed by the company.
For nearly 40 years, Etisalat has helped the UAE sustain a position as the region's main hub for business, trade and foreign investment by providing reliable and high quality services. It is one of the global telecommunication industry's innovation pacesetters, powering its home country, the UAE, into the top ten nations list by providing the latest technologies first. In 2010 for example, thanks to Etisalat, the UAE was one of the first five countries in the world with a 3D television service, known as eLife, offered across its fiber optic network.