AWS to open Data Centres in the UAE region
Published 4 June 2021
Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to open an infrastructure region in the UAE in the first half of 2022.
The new AWS Middle East (UAE) region will consist of three availability zones (data centers) and become AWS’s second region in the Middle East, the company said in a statement. AWS provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs for organisations globally.
In 2019, AWS opened its first Middle East data centres in Bahrain. These efforts need to be seen in the backdrop of a surge in tech adoption in the Middle-East due to restrictions placed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are excited to build on the great momentum of cloud adoption in the Middle East by providing more choice for customers in the UAE to run applications and store data locally,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure, AWS.
“The new AWS Region supports the UAE’s focus on promoting technology innovation that has made it a thriving global hub for entrepreneurs, e-governments, and multi-national businesses. With the new region, organisations of all sizes will be able to innovate faster and serve end-users with even lower latency across the region.”
The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) said the deal was part of its efforts to attract investments that build technology capabilities and accelerate innovation.
Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, said, “AWS’s expansion into the UAE is a testament to our rapidly growing innovation ecosystem that will benefit from access to the world’s leading cloud platform and its advanced technologies and solutions. Building on Abu Dhabi’s smart infrastructure and digital transformation, AWS’s investment will further enable innovators and companies with globally-relevant solutions to realize new opportunities in the UAE and beyond.”
AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting customers’ business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that leverage multiple Availability Zones.
Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected through redundant, ultra-low-latency networks.
Globally, AWS has 80 Availability Zones across 25 geographic regions, with plans to launch 18 more Availability Zones and six more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
Other hyperscalers are also eying the Middle East. Recently, Chinese tech giant Tencent said that it will officially make its first entry into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market with the construction of a data centre in Bahrain.