Microsoft launches cloud services in UAE

Microsoft has launched two new cloud datacenter regions in the UAE, enabling customers and partners to embrace the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The new cloud regions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai — Microsoft’s first in the Middle East — join Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure – one of the largest and most secure in the world – to provide organizations, enterprises and developers in the UAE with access to scalable, highly available, and resilient cloud services while maintaining data residency, security and compliance needs.

 The new UAE locations will also deliver increased performance for Microsoft Cloud services to Middle East customers and partners.

“These new cloud regions in the UAE are the dawn of a new era, driving digital transformation, economic growth and job creation,” said Sayed Hashish, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf.

“We are committed to empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Now, more customers in the Middle East can move with confidence to the trusted and intelligent Microsoft Cloud. They will be more competitive as they start their digital transformation journeys – engaging customers, empowering employees, optimising operations, and reinventing products and services,” he added.

Microsoft has been working closely with Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) and Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) to enable compliant adoption of Cloud Services by the UAE government and semi-government entities. Microsoft is also the first cloud service provider in the UAE to achieve DESC’s Cloud Service Provider certification.

As a strategic partner, Etisalat is collaborating closely with Microsoft in line with its goal to provide end-to-end digital solutions to its customers and breadth of expertise in managed services. By offering cloud-based solutions to the country’s Government institutions, large enterprises, small-medium businesses, and start-ups, Etisalat is enabling them to drive digital transformation by migrating to the cloud faster.