Adio and Amazon Web Services team up to launch a cloud innovation center

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have joined forces to launch a new cloud innovation center in the capital that will help drive innovation in the public and private sectors.

The AWS Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) is part of a three-year partnership that will enable Abu Dhabi-based companies to build solutions using next-generation technologies, aimed at supporting residents, businesses and the economy, Adio said in a statement Thursday. as part of Gitex Global in Dubai.

AWS – the cloud computing unit of Amazon, the world’s largest online marketplace – has more than a dozen CICs around the world. Its Abu Dhabi unit will support innovation challenges with up to $1.5 million in AWS credits, he said.

“With a focus on innovative solutions, the center will be a significant addition to Abu Dhabi’s growing technology ecosystem, equipping organizations with the tools to transform quickly and successfully,” said Abdulla Al. Shamsi, acting general manager of Adio.

“We see tremendous potential for innovation to make a difference across multiple industries…that will propel businesses to success and transform the lives of citizens.”

Abu Dhabi’s drive to promote digital transformation is reflected in several initiatives that encourage the use of emerging technologies to broaden its entrepreneurial base and contribute to the economy.

Adio, the government body tasked with attracting investment to the emirate, launched a 2 billion dirham ($545 million) innovation program in 2020 and has consistently drawn organizations into its fold.

This week, Adio and Siemens Energy have partnered for an innovation center to be set up by the German company in Abu Dhabi, as part of efforts to accelerate its journey to net zero in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. world.

Last month, Adio partnered with cloud health company Innovaccer to improve the accessibility, affordability and quality of healthcare in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East.

Global companies flock to Abu Dhabi to set up shop. Last month, US software company Oracle opened a technology collaboration center on Reem Island that aims to help organizations improve their bottom line.

Amazon, meanwhile, is actively investing in the UAE. In August it launched its second Middle East cloud region in the United Arab Emirates in partnership with Adio, while in June it opened its largest delivery station in Abu Dhabi as it expanded its operations.

AWS Abu Dhabi’s CIC was developed in line with the UAE’s National Future Economy Agenda, and is expected to accelerate the UAE’s journey to becoming a “home” for technology-driven entrepreneurship, said Wojciech Bajda, public sector manager for the Middle East and Africa at AWS.

“The CIC will provide organizations with the opportunity to collaborate with the public and private sectors to address their most pressing challenges, test new ideas and access technology expertise,” he said.

Updated: October 13, 2022, 3:08 p.m.

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