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Oracle opens cloud data centre in Dubai

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Multinational computer technology company Oracle has launched a regional cloud data centre in Dubai, with the aim of highlighting the importance of the UAE as a local, regional and global technology hub.

The Zayed Innovation and Artificial Intelligence Hub is the first-of-its-kind in the region, and it is expected to help drive the digital transformation of government and private organisations in the UAE.

“The UAE has always been an attractive environment for major international projects,” said Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to the media.

“However, as much as it encourages prestigious companies, especially those supporting digital transformation to establish regional centres here, it is also keen to provide an environment appropriate for local creative ideas to sprout, blossom and become global companies.

“As you know, many globally successful stories have started here, and become indisputable evidence of the UAE’s digital environment. They prove that the UAE accommodates future thinkers who wish to transform their ideas into projects that benefit everyone.”

In October, Oracle announced the availability of the first of two planned second-generation Cloud regions in the UAE.

The addition of the Dubai Cloud region is set to mark the availability of 26 Oracle Cloud Regions worldwide, the company revealed.

The opening is part of Oracle’s plan to have 36 Cloud regions by July 2021. Located in Dubai, the new Cloud region will offer all Oracle Cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Cloud Applications.

“UAE-based organizations are prioritizing digital transformation to navigate the current crisis as well as to compete and thrive during the recovery phase,” said Jyoti Lalchandani, group vice president and regional managing director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, IDC.

“In a survey of UAE CIOs from mid and large organizations conducted by IDC in the 2nd quarter of this year, 57% of the respondents said they were accelerating digital transformation in response to new customer and operational needs.

“Cloud is increasingly being viewed as the technology platform that can provide the agility, capacity and innovation capability that is required to accelerate digital transformation.”

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