The Corporation is the largest contributor outside the oil sector to development programmes of the UAE Federal Government.
Etisalat UAE is headquartered in Abu Dhabi and includes three regional offices – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Northern Emirates.
The increase of exchange lines from 36,000 in 1976 to more than 737,000 in 1998 was one of the important indicators of Etisalat network's growth and development.
Today Etisalat stands 140th among the Financial Times Top 500 Corporations in the world in terms of market capitalisation, and is ranked by The Middle East magazine as the 6th largest company in the Middle East in terms of capitalization and revenues.
The Northern Emirates regional center is based in Sharjah and covers the telecom's operations in the emirates of Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.
In the UAE, Etisalat operates where mobile penetration is already among the highest in the world "200%", Etisalat became known for its efforts to roll out its Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network in the UAE.Mobily, the brand name of Etihad Etisalat founded in 2005 is currently the second largest mobile service provider in Saudi Arabia with over 20 million subscribers.In less than 6 months the company launched services in 32 cities, Mobily brings coverage to 79.2 percent of the population. ittiṣālāt, literally "communications"), is a multinational Emirati based telecommunications services provider, currently operating in 15 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.As of February 2014, Etisalat is the 14th largest mobile network operator in the world, with a total customer base of more than 167 million.1, which gave the corporation the right to provide the telecommunications wired and wireless services in the country and between UAE and other countries.It also gave the firm the right to issue licenses for owning, importing, manufacturing, using or operating telecommunication equipment.But it must be noted that it is the only net provider in UAE Etisalat is one of the Internet hubs in the Middle East (AS8966), providing connectivity to other telecommunications operators in the region.It is also the largest carrier of international voice traffic in the Middle East and Africa and the 12th largest voice carrier in the world.The restructuring culminated in the incorporation of Etisalat Services Holding LLC, which as of 2008 oversees the operation of Etisalat's non-telecom business units with huge success stories.On 27 March 2016 Saleh Al Abdooli has been appointed the Group CEO, extending his responsibility to international operations.