Dubai Internet City (DIC) announced early this week a deal with Khazna Data Centers to establish two data storage facilities in Dubai.
The ambition of the government to transform the UAE into a smart country demands the deployment of secure cloud infrastructure and data storage across all industries, from government and residential services to healthcare and manufacturing.
Combined with many businesses adopting hybrid work models on the heels of the global pandemic, the volume of digital data has increased significantly in recent years.
As such, the details regarding the new data centers- including specifications, timelines, or location information – were not shared. However, the facilities are likely to be located near DIC’s hub close to Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah artificial island.
Some of the features the services will provide are data centre pods designed by Khazna, which allow the rapid scaling of operations when required, offering partners long-term growth benefits, the companies said.
“Building data centres and enhancing the overall technological infrastructure plays a key role in providing an investment-friendly environment,” said Ammar Al Malik, managing director of Dubai Internet City.
“This agreement marks the next chapter in our commitment to supporting widespread digital transformation to increase our economic competitiveness globally well into the future,” he said.
Ammar Al Malik, managing director of Dubai Internet City said, “The UAE has been named among the top ten most competitive economies in the world for a second consecutive year, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2021, and I believe that building data centres and enhancing the overall technological infrastructure play a key role in providing an investment friendly environment,” added Al Malik. “Dubai Internet City has been a cornerstone of the UAE’s ICT strategy for more than two decades, and this agreement marks the next chapter in our commitment to supporting widespread digital transformation to increase our economic competitiveness globally well into the future.”
While the Khazna company will operate a total of fourteen data centers combined in the UAE, Khazna said last year it will build multiple new data centres and increase its capacity five-fold over the next four years in the UAE.
The data centres will be built in locations across the UAE and additional capacity will be increased at its current sites, a statement from the company noted.