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Edgnex to build 20MW Riyadh data centre

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Edgnex is to build its next data centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The new facility will support the country's Vision for 2030 by supporting local and regional digital transformation and innovation, while aiming to attract global multi-nationals to the kingdom.

As a global digital infrastructure provider, Edgnex Is the most recent investment of Hussain Sajwani, Emirati businessman and founder of DAMAC Group.

“[Saudi Arabia] is one of the most exciting and dynamic ICT markets in the MENA region. The government of [Saudi Arabia] has demonstrated its commitment to innovation and we are proud to be supporting its long-term vision for digital adoption," said Niall McLoughlin, senior vice president of DAMAC Group.

We want to help attract hyperscalers and innovators from around the world and give them a foundation for growth in the Kingdom. This is a tremendous opportunity to serve growing local demand while offering world-class facilities to players from across the globe. We look forward to growing together with partners and customers in the KSA.”

Located at Industrial City 2 approximately 19km from the city centre and 47km from the airport, the data centre's close proximity to Riyadh’s city centre will give customers low-latency access to the KSA market as well as high-fibre density and connectivity options.

Boasting a maximum IT load of 20MW and the facility will sit on a 17,720 sqm plot, due to go live in Q3 2023.

“The KSA is one of the most connected countries in the MENA region and Riyadh offers an ideal hub for connecting Asia, Africa, the GCC and Europe. We see it as a hyperconnected crossroads and one of the most strategic locations for data centre investment in the region. As we grow our footprint locally in MENA and across the globe, we remain committed to developing digital infrastructure in the KSA and enabling the growth of Riyadh as an ICT hub for the region,” said McLoughlin.

The Riyadh colocation facility will serve both local customers, as well as hyperscalers and other wholesale colocation requirements, supported by the KSA national fibre network which offers terrestrial connectivity to all major Gulf markets and regional subsea cable landing stations.