Amazon Web Services Reveals $5.3 bn Investment in Saudi Arabia, Launches New Initiatives

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon.com’s cloud division, has unveiled plans to set up data centers in Saudi Arabia by 2026 and to inject over $5.3 billion. This move is set to bolster AWS’s Cloud infrastructure while catering to the burgeoning demand for cloud services in the region.
Amazon web servicesThe cloud region is poised to offer customers enhanced capabilities, enabling secure storage and seamless execution of workloads at accelerated speeds. This development comes amid a concerted effort by major tech players, including Google-parent Alphabet and Microsoft, to ramp up investments in data centers to support the expanding adoption of artificial intelligence technologies.

Notable organizations within the kingdom, such as Saudi Telecom Company SJSC, Seera Holding, and Mobily, have already embraced Cloud platform from Amazon Web Services for running their workloads, underscoring the traction AWS has gained in the Saudi market.

In a bid to foster digital skills development, AWS announced the launch of the “AWS Saudi Arabia Women’s Skills Initiative” in collaboration with Skillsoft Global Knowledge. This initiative aims to train up to 4,000 women on AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials through classroom sessions conducted by certified professionals, free of charge.

Moreover, AWS is set to establish two innovation centers and extend technical mentorship to startups in the Middle East and North Africa region, focusing on AWS technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Additionally, grants will be made available to support graduate student research, while free AWS Skill Builder subscriptions will be provided to 4,000 individuals employed in small and medium enterprises across Saudi Arabia.

The AWS Skill Builder platform offers digital learning resources, including over 600 courses spanning 14 languages and encompassing more than 30 AWS services, catering to individuals at various skill levels. By bolstering its commitment to free digital training, AWS aims to accelerate the entry of diverse talent into the technology sector, aligning with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goal of empowering women and enhancing workforce participation.

AWS Saudi Arabia’s Customers

In a significant move aimed at driving cost savings and fostering innovation, several organizations in Saudi Arabia has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as their preferred cloud provider. Among the notable entities making this transition are Abdul Latif Jameel, Almarai, Almosafer, Al Naghi Group, Jahez, Mobily, Red Sea Global, Saudi Telecom Group, Seera Holding Group, and more.

Abdul Latif Jameel, a network of internationally diversified businesses with operations spanning over 35 countries, expressed enthusiasm for AWS’s advanced technologies. “AWS’s advanced technologies have the potential to unlock significant efficiencies for businesses in Saudi and the region, thus supporting the goals of Vision 2030,” Hassan Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel.

Almarai, a vertically integrated dairy company, views AWS’s entry into Saudi Arabia as a transformative milestone. Faisal AlNasser, Almarai’s CIO, hailed the event as a pivotal moment that would revolutionize the landscape of cloud computing and contribute to the growth and development of the economy.

Almosafer, a travel company in Saudi Arabia, anticipates leveraging AWS’s cloud computing technologies to further business benefits. Muzzammil Ahussain, CEO of Almosafer, emphasized the potential of AWS’s arrival in the region to deliver innovative solutions and drive growth across Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector.

Similarly, Al Naghi Group, Mobily, Red Sea Global, and Saudi Telecom Group expressed eagerness to explore the possibilities presented by AWS’s cloud services. They anticipate leveraging AWS’s global expertise to accelerate their digital transformation journeys and contribute to Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 goals.

Olayan M. Alwetaid, CEO of Saudi Telecom Group, hailed AWS’s investment in Saudi Arabia as a resounding endorsement of the Kingdom’s flourishing technology sector. He emphasized the role of such investments in advancing Saudi Arabia’s goal of becoming one of the world’s most connected and digitalized nations.

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