Amazon Web Services to invest $5 bn in UAE

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company, announced the launch of its second Region in the Middle East.
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AWS is planning to invest $5 billion (AED 20 billion) in the UAE over the next 15 years through the new AWS Middle East (UAE) Region. AWS said its investment will be for the construction of data centers, operational expenses related to ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from regional businesses.

AWS estimates that its projected spending on the construction and operation of the new region will support an average of nearly 6,000 jobs annually at external vendors.

The AWS Middle East (UAE) Region will add an estimated $11 billion (AED 41 billion) over the next 15 years to the UAE’s gross domestic product (GDP).

“AWS is committed to helping customers in the UAE deploy the most advanced cloud technologies and achieve the highest levels of security, availability, and resiliency,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, vice president of Infrastructure Services at AWS.

AWS, the #1 Cloud service provider in the world, has 87 Availability Zones across 27 geographic regions, with announced plans to launch 21 more Availability Zones and seven more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland.

Customers

Enterprises that have chosen AWS include Al Ghurair Investments, Al Tayer Group, Aramex, Axiom Telecom, Flydubai, GIG Gulf (previously AXA Gulf), Gulf News, OSN, Shahid, Seera Group, Virgin Middle East, and many more.

MENA public sector organizations are using AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, and better serve the citizens of the region. Examples of these organizations include Dubai Expo 2020, Egypt Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of Bahrain’s Ministries, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, and the University of Bahrain.

MENA startups building their businesses on top of AWS to scale rapidly and expand around the world include Alef Education, Anghami, Careem, Dubizzle, EKar, Fetchr, Haraj, Maestro Pizza, Mawdoo3.com, Property Finder, Sarwa, Souqalmal, StarzPlay, and Yallacompare.