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US tech giant Microsoft opens cloud data centres in Abu Dhabi, Dubai

New facilities are expected to benefit Microsoft's roster of regional clients, such as Emaar, Dubai Airports, and Imdaad

Microsoft has opened two UAE data centres.
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Microsoft has opened two UAE data centres.

American technology company Microsoft has opened a cloud data centre each in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with the new locations expected to boost Microsoft Cloud services to its Middle East clients, including major real estate developers and asset operators such as Emaar Properties, Majid Al Futtaim, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Miral, Dubai World Trade Centre, and Dubai Airports.

According to Construction Week's sister title Network Middle East, data residency in the UAE will allow government organisations and enterprises "to comply with [local] regulatory frameworks and decrease obstacles to cloud adoption". 

Other Microsoft Middle East clients expected to benefit from the new cloud centres are Rak Ceramics, Imdaad, Etihad Airways, and Shelf Drilling. 

Cloud services delivered from the new data centres are expected to drive job creation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth in the Middle East, the report added. 

Commenting on the new centres' launch, regional manager of Microsoft Gulf, Sayed Hashish, said: “[Users] will be more competitive as they start their digital transformation journeys – engaging customers, empowering employees, optimising operations, and reinventing products and services.”

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