Two months ago, my brother told me he was planning to come to the UAE for a vacation with his friends. I realised his travel was going to be very different from, say, the days when my father used to travel for business. My brother had most matters sorted out at the click of a mouse – he looked up the best rates to book the hotel, airline and rental car of his choice through online portals. An itinerary of the places to visit in Dubai was planned in correspondence with the days when the best deals were on offer. Reading articles from real estate blogs like MyBayut proved a useful guide. So, while most would instinctively think that April may not be the best time to visit UAE, due to the weather heating up, a little research showed it was far from reality. Rather, it turned out to be just the right time for him to visit. The importance of being tech savvy and tech literate is evident in this instance itself; my brother was able to dispel any unconfirmed notions with some quick research.
Two of his friends accompanying him were looking to diversify their investment portfolios. It is becoming commonplace for people choose to look beyond traditional mediums of investment like purchasing gold or buying stocks. The tech-savvy are aware that returns can be much higher in tech start-ups provided the right opportunity is identified. So, during their vacations, they attended Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai 2018 (April 9 – April 11) where they looked at promising small-scale start-ups. The following week, they also visited Abu Dhabi Cityscape (April 17 – April 19) to explore possible options in the Abu Dhabi real estate market. Some time spent on looking at the properties for sale in Abu Dhabi gave them a head start to figure out promising localities and the prices, especially in upcoming projects.
Like most investors, they did not rush while making important decisions and chose to validate their findings later with reliable resources, many of which are available online. So, they figured, after the vacation, Ramadan would be the perfect time to revisit UAE as it is a time when seasoned brokers treat investors and landlords to attractive deals in the Dubai property market. A leading real estate agent sent electronic brochures of the projects they showed interest in the same day, along with an invitation for a Ramadan feast they would be hosting in early June. It was a kind gesture symbolic of the hospitality traditionally shown in the holy month, timed to perfection, and it’s easily doable via smartphones using cloud-based CRM solutions, and it’s the kind of customer service that is unlikely to go unnoticed.
Not Being Tech Literate Could Close Doors for you
Being tech savvy today has become as necessary as being able to read or knowing arithmetic. Being a part of this journey can open doors to possibilities and conveniences that would not exist otherwise. Reaching out to potential clients that once seemed a mundane exercise needing grand budgets and yielded sub-optimal results, are now accurately targeted through advertisements on social media. Highly skilled people or those with unique talent are discovered quicker than ever. The usual errands like paying bills can be done while sitting comfortably in bed; chores as simple as turning on outdoor lights once the sun sets are easily delegated to electronic devices. Grandparents video-chat with their grandchildren living overseas through smartphones. Students taking a gap year to travel around the world now know beforehand which routes to take, modes of transport to rely on and scams to avoid while visiting a new country before they even leave home. Translation applications allow us to overcome challenges of communicating with people speaking another language. Social media marketing has opened up new avenues for those looking to reach a global audience. The list just goes on.
The importance of being tech savvy cannot be stressed enough. It is the single biggest factor that determines our lifestyle. Ignorance here is not a bliss, but a spell of dependency. People under its influence find themselves woefully out of step with the developments, current trends and the general pace of the society. They need to continuously ask others to assist them during tasks that can easily be done if you have some basic technical skills. The best part about the advancements we have made in technology has been that we have can easily upgrade our technical skills. You can find online courses to learn a new skill. You can participate in online workshops to fine-tune basic technical knowledge. Everything has become accessible thanks to the digital transformation the world is going through. Researchers, scholars, and even article writers these days have an easier day in the field looking up citations, cross-checking facts from multiple sources and dispelling falsities. There are also plenty of free technical courses available for those looking to increase their technical know-how. The world is openly contributing to a grand database of knowledge and being informed has never been easier.
As technology paves the way for increased independence and facilitates us to make better choices in all aspects of our lives, there is no one to blame but ourselves if we choose to opt out.