AWS Adds Cloud Region in the United Arab Emirates

The AWS Middle East (UAE) Region, AWS’ second cloud region in the Middle East, has officially begun operations. Beginning today, developers, startups, businesses, and organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors will have more options for hosting their applications in United Arab Emirates (UAE) data centers and providing end users with cloud services while utilizing “cutting-edge” AWS technologies to spur innovation.

With a planned $5 billion (AED 20 billion) investment in the local economy until 2036, AWS projects that its estimated spending on the development and management of the new cloud region will sustain an average of roughly 6,000 full-time jobs annually at external vendors. Additionally, the UAE’s gross domestic product (GDP) would increase by an estimated $11 billion (AED 41 billion) over the next 15 years thanks to the new AWS Middle East (UAE) cloud region.

“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. “With the launch of the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region, we are making it possible for even more customers to harness the power of the cloud to drive innovation across the UAE, while also investing in the local economy through job creation, training for highly sought-after technology skills, and education resources to further advance the UAE’s strategic priorities.”

AWS Investment in the UAE

His Excellency Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
“The opening of the AWS Middle East Region is a significant milestone for Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole,” said His Excellency Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.

Through the new AWS Middle East (UAE) cloud region, AWS intends to invest an estimated $5 billion (AED 20 billion) in the UAE over the course of the following 15 years. This investment will be made up of capital expenditures for the building of data centers, operational costs for ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from local vendors.

The new AWS Middle East (UAE) cloud region is the latest in AWS’s ongoing investments in the UAE. UAE clients now have access to Amazon CloudFront and Amazon Route 53 services thanks to AWS’s 2018 introduction of its first Amazon CloudFront edge sites there. In order to deliver data, movies, apps, and application programming interfaces (APIs) to consumers globally quickly and with minimal latency, Amazon CloudFront uses a highly secure and flexible content delivery network.

AWS also introduced AWS Direct Connect locations in the UAE that same year, allowing clients to create secured connections between AWS and their data center, colocation environment, or office. This may save network expenses, boost bandwidth throughput, and improve network reliability. AWS engineers and technicians make sure the infrastructure is always operational.

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

AWS now has 87 Availability Zones spread over 27 locations after launching the AWS Middle East (UAE) cloud region. It has plans to add 21 more Availability Zones and seven additional AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland.

Availability Zones, which install infrastructure in different and distinct geographic areas, make up AWS Regions. Three Availability Zones make up the AWS Middle East (UAE) Region, which joined the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region, which debuted in July 2019. The locations of Availability Zones enable customers’ business continuity while being close enough to offer minimal latency for high-availability applications that utilize multiple Availability Zones. Each Availability Zone is connected by redundant, ultra-low latency networks and has separate power, cooling, and physical security. Customers of AWS that prioritize high availability can increase fault tolerance by designing their applications to run across different Availability Zones.

With the introduction of the new AWS Middle East (UAE) cloud region, local customers with data residency requirements will be able to store their data safely in the UAE and benefit from even lower latency throughout the nation.