News, Security

Cybersecurity a top concern for UAE millionaires: report

Cybersecurity has ranked in the top three concerns of the UAE’s wealthiest residents, according to the new UBS Confidence Index. 

The Index – a study of over 5,400 millionaires globally conducted regularly across nine markets – examined the optimism levels of those with at least $1 million in investable assets on their economic and personal prospects across both the short and long-term.

The report revealed that 62% of millionaires are confident about the short-term and long-term outlook, compared to just 11% who feel the opposite. In the UAE this figure is even higher with 77% of millionaires confident (second only to Switzerland) and only 5% saying they feel pessimistic.

Globally, strong optimism about the financial climate is reflected in millionaires’ ranking of key concerns. Worries about a market downturn, interest rate rises, inflation and market volatility all fall outside the top five. Instead, concerns centre on societal challenges: rising healthcare costs, cybersecurity, and terrorism are today’s top three fears.

In the UAE, wealth holders cite a range of concerns including geopolitical risk, inflation, tax increases and terrorism. Male millionaires in the Emirates typically cite a higher level of concern about each of these issues than their female counterparts.

“Despite recent market turbulences, we continue to see high levels of confidence among the world’s wealth holders,” said Ali Janoudi, Head WM Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, France & Benelux Intl. at UBS. “Overall confidence, measured by gauging investors optimism on the national economy and personal financial situation over the long and short term, is highest in Continental Europe, the Middle East and the US.

 He added, “The United Arab Emirates ranks as the second most confident market among all countries globally. But one trend that we are seeing the world over is a natural bias among millionaires towards their own domestic stock markets. Spreading risk remains important in case we do see any kind of correction in future.”

Previous ArticleNext Article

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


The free newsletter covering the top industry headlines