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AWS announces new region in United Arab Emirates

The country is already home to AWS’ Middle East (Bahrain) region, launched in 2019

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AWS has announced the launch of its new region in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), marking its second establishment in the Middle East.

The new AWS Region, besides contributing to UAE’s gross domestic product, will support nearly 6,000 full-time jobs annually through an estimated $5 billion (AED 20 billion) planned investment in the UAE through 2036.

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AWS’ second Middle East (UAE) Region joins the firm’s existing Middle East (Bahrain) Region, which launched in July 2019. The new region reportedly includes three Availability Zones with independent power, cooling, and physical security, connected through redundant, ultra-low latency networks

The arrangement will facilitate local customers’ data residency requirements, including enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and governments, in addition to offering low latency for high availability (HA) systems.

“AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance,” added AWS.

Over the next 15 years, the construction and operation of the AWS region in the UAE are estimated to contribute $11 billion (AED 41 billion) to the country's GDP.

“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,” added Kalyanaraman. 

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