Amazon Web Services launches new region in UAE

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of, today announced the launch of its second region in the Middle East, the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region.

Starting today, developers, startups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations will have even more choices for running their apps and serving end users from hubs. data centers located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), using AWS technologies to drive innovation, the company said.

AWS plans to invest approximately $5 billion (AED20 billion) in the United Arab Emirates over the next 15 years through the new AWS Middle East (UAE) Region, which includes capital expenditure for the construction of data centers, operational expenses related to ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from regional businesses. It is also estimated that the investment will support an average of almost 6,000 jobs per year during this period. These jobs will be part of the AWS supply chain in the UAE, including construction, facility maintenance, engineering, telecommunications, and jobs within the broader economy of the country. It is also estimated that the construction and operation of AWS infrastructure in the UAE will add approximately $11 billion (AED41 billion) to the UAE’s GDP over the next 15 years.

The AWS Middle East (UAE) Region will also add around $11 billion over the next 15 years to the UAE’s gross domestic product (GDP), he said.

“AWS is committed to helping customers in the United Arab Emirates deploy the most advanced cloud technologies and achieve the highest levels of security, availability, and resiliency,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of services at infrastructure at AWS.

“With the launch of the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region, we are enabling even more customers to harness the power of the cloud to drive innovation across the UAE, while investing in the local economy through creation jobs, training for in-demand technology skills, and educational resources to advance the UAE’s strategic priorities.

“The opening of the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region is an important milestone for Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole, reflecting our efforts to generate opportunity for all,” said Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economy. Development. “This reinforces Abu Dhabi’s commitment to positioning itself as a leading digital economy by harnessing cutting-edge technology to support business growth. The enhanced cloud capabilities enabled by AWS are expected to generate significant benefits and efficiencies that can propel businesses to success and realize major economic benefits for the country.

With the launch of the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region, AWS has 87 Availability Zones in 27 Geographic Regions, with announced plans to launch 21 additional Availability Zones and seven additional AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India , Israel, New Zealand and Spain. , and Switzerland. AWS Regions are made up of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations.

The AWS Middle East (UAE) Region consists of three Availability Zones and joins the existing AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region, which opened in July 2019. The Availability Zones are far enough apart to ensure client business continuity, but close enough to provide low latency for high-availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones.

“Abu Dhabi aims to enable transformative technology that provides opportunities for businesses and residents,” said Eng. Abdulla Abdul Aziz AlShamsi, Acting Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO). “Smart infrastructure fuels thriving private and public sectors by unlocking new economic opportunities, fostering inclusive growth, and creating opportunities for collaboration in our innovation ecosystem. At ADIO, we contribute to this through many valuable ecosystem-enhancing partnerships that support Abu Dhabi’s position as a leader in the region’s digital revolution. The AWS Middle East (UAE) Region is a welcome addition to the country’s innovation ecosystem, helping to build life-saving capabilities for all. – TradeArabia Press Office

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