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Amazon Web Services announces MENA office

Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO, Dubai FDI at the AWS launch

The world’s largest cloud computing provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has finally announced plans to open an office in Dubai.

The firm announced plans at a conference at the city’s W Hotel.

The office, which will represent the Middle East and North Africa region, will open on 1st January 2017, with the support of the Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), an agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED).

The new office will provides account managers, solutions architects, partner managers, professional services consultants, support staff, and various other functions.

“The decision to open an AWS office in Dubai marks our continued investment in supporting cloud adoption in the region and the appetite from organisations across the Middle East looking to get started with AWS,” said Werner Vogels, CTO and vice president, Amazon.com. “We are excited to work with even more Middle Eastern businesses and government organisations to help them expand their operations while maintaining industry-leading levels of reliability, privacy, and security.”

AWS counts Dubizzle, Careem, flydubai, Souq.com and Middle East Broadcasting Center among its regional customers.

“Dubai is a global hub for business, and at DED, we are committed to strengthening the investment environment further, and welcoming global companies to expand their presence in the region,” said His Excellency Sami Al Qamzi, director general, Dubai Department of Economic Development. “The new AWS offices in Dubai will serve the growing demand for cloud technologies and accelerate the contribution of entrepreneurship and innovation to the UAE economy. We look forward to its positive impact on public and private organizations to drive the transformation towards efficient and innovative digital services as well as accelerate start-up success and SME growth.”

AWS also has a network of technology and consulting AWS Partner Network (APN) partners in the Middle East. These partners include CSC, and Redington. The company’s president of its VAD business, Ramkumar Balakrishnan, said, “We have chosen to work with AWS so that we can provide our customers with a secure, reliable and flexible platform. Having an AWS team in the region for us to work with is great news, and will help us move even more customers to the cloud.”

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