Tencent Cloud, the cloud business of Tencent, will deploy its first public cloud infrastructure in the MENA region, in Bahrein. In collaboration with the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) – the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Investment promotion agency, Tencent Cloud will launch a brand-new Internet Data Center (IDC) in Bahrain, which will go live by the end of 2021.

Tencent Cloud and EDB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the aim to drive the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Internet Data Center (IDC) development and support its rapid emergence as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s hub for the cloud and IDC sectors.

“This is an important milestone in Bahrain’s journey to become the MENA region’s cloud and data center hub and I commend the EDB for their ceaseless efforts in developing the partnership with Tencent and ensuring that Bahrain is a favored destination for investment,” said H.E. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications. Tencent joins leading global cloud giants in setting up in Bahrain which will drive massive growth in data traffic towards MENA. Moreover, the launch of the new data center stands to create a clustering effect as other global providers turn their attention to the increasingly attractive region, with Bahrain positioned as the destination of choice with proactive initiatives such as the Government’s ‘Cloud-First’ policy and nationwide 5G.”

Tencent Cloud will explore and set up training initiatives jointly with the local government in universities and educational institutions across the Kingdom to allow for further knowledge transfer and qualified digital technology talents.

“While the local government in Bahrain has been making significant efforts to grow the local IDC industry, Tencent Cloud is excited to collaborate with Bahrain EDB as part of our ongoing efforts to ramp up the global IDC landscape,” said Poshu Yeung, Senior Vice President, Tencent Cloud International. “We will launch all necessary steps to set up a brand-new IDC in Bahrain to provide better coverage all over the Middle East and North African regions along the Belt and Road, fully supporting Bahrain’s ‘Cloud-First’ strategy.”

Cloud First Policy Bahrein

In 2017, Bahrain introduced the region’s first nationwide ‘Cloud-First’ policy to enhance government information and communication technologies, driving the adoption of cloud across state entities and reducing IT costs “by up to 90%.”

Operating in 27 regions and 60 availability zones worldwide, Tencent Cloud is a secured, and high-performance public cloud service provider that integrates Tencent’s infrastructure-building capabilities with the “advantages” of its massive user platform and ecosystem.

By harnessing Bahrain’s “track record of agile and forward-thinking data regulation”, as well as its strategic location within the region, Tencent Cloud intends to enhance its rich array of global services to both the public and private sectors in the region.

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