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Amazon Web Services to fuel cloud growth in UAE

Supported by the Dubai Investment Development Agency, Amazon Web Services will launch a new office in Dubai on the 1 January, 2017.

Amazon Web Services to fuel cloud growth in UAE
Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai FDI.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently unveiled plans to open an office in Dubai. Supported by the Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), an agency under Dubai's Department of Economic Development (DED), AWS aims to contribute to the rapid expansion of the cloud computing market in the Middle East.

The new office, which is slated to open on the 1 January, 2017, will provide support for organisations within the region, from start-ups to government institutions, who are aiming to move to the AWS Cloud.

His Excellency Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of Dubai Department of Economic Development, said: "Dubai is a global hub for business, and at DED, we are committed to strengthening the investment environment further, and welcoming global companies to expand their presence in the region.

"Global technology and innovation leaders such as Amazon Web Services will play a key role in supporting future economic growth opportunities in the MENA region. The new AWS offices in Dubai will serve the growing demand for cloud technologies and accelerate the contribution of entrepreneurship and innovation to the UAE economy."

He added: "We look forward to its positive impact on public and private organizations to drive the transformation towards efficient and innovative digital services as well as accelerate start-up success and SME growth."

Since its launch back in 2006, AWS has built up a global portfolio of high-profile and fast growing businesses. In region, this includes the likes of Dubizzle, PayFort and Careem, alongside government institutions and largest companies, such as flydubai, Souq.com and Middle East Broadcasting Center.

Commenting on the development, Fahad Al Gergawi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai FDI, shared: "The opening of the AWS MENA office in Dubai further underlines the positive growth environment of Dubai and our ability to attract inward investments. It will drive the adoption of cloud technologies as well as public and private sector innovation and competitiveness.

"It will also lend impetus to the 4th Industrial revolution innovation in Dubai and the UAE, as well strategic initiatives to implement 3D printed buildings, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles and the world's first Hyperloop system connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi creating regional and global opportunities for Deep Tech adoption and acceleration."

The latest announcement comes at a time where Amazon is also pushing expansion across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Back in 2015, the company created over 10,000 new jobs in EMEA alone.

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