Amazon’s Cloud Service Unit is preparing to launch three Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in the UAE by the first half of 2022, its second Middle East infrastructure region.
It will enable local customers with data residency requirements to store their data in the UAE while also providing even lower latency across the country. The new region will build upon AWS’s existing investment in the country, which includes two AWS Direct Connect locations and two Amazon CloudFront edge locations launched in 2018, according to Gulf Business.
“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 in a statement.
“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, organizations of all sizes will be able to innovate faster and serve end-users with even lower latency across the region,” the statement added.
Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, director-general of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), said: “We welcome the upcoming AWS Region, which will bring advanced cloud infrastructure to the UAE. This comes in line with our goal of attracting investments that boost technology capabilities. We look forward to collaborating with AWS across the knowledge economy, including education initiatives, cloud skills training, and startup enablement programs.”
Globally, AWS has 80 availability zones across 25 geographic regions, with plans to launch 18 more and six more AWS regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Spain, Switzerland, and the UAE.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) opened its first Middle East data centers in neighboring Bahrain in 2019.