A comparative study of Arab nations and Israel on “Scientific Research and Patent Rights Compared,” by Palestinian researcher Dr. Khalid Said Rubaia, found that Israel has registered 16,805 patents, while Arab countries have only 836 patents – 5% percent of what Israel has.
Israel spends 4.7% of its total GDP on scientific research, the highest in the world, while Arab states spend 0.2%.
On per capita spending on scientific research, Israel is number one with $1,272.8. The U.S. is second with $1,205.9 and Japan third with $1,153.3.
The Arab countries spend an average of $14.7 annually per capita. The oil-rich Asian Arab countries spend $11.9 per capita.