Google Cloud Platform announces expansion to the Middle East
Google Cloud Platform will launch in Doha, Qatar, allowing new and existing customers, as well as partners, to run their workloads locally
Google Cloud Platform has signed its first strategic collaboration agreement to launch a region in the Middle East with the Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) to launch a new cloud region in Doha. The region will be available for Google Cloud customers globally.
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) regions are the cornerstone of the company’s cloud infrastructure. Over the past four years, the platforms have grown in number to 22, with 67 zones across 16 countries, delivering high-performance, low latency, zero emissions, cloud-based services to users throughout the world.
His Excellency Ahmad bin Mohamed Al-Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of the Qatar Free Zones Authority, said, “We are pleased to welcome Google Cloud as a partner to the Free Zones to further develop our leading technology ecosystem. As we advance our strategy to promote investment to the country, the Google Cloud region will be a major and invaluable part of our expanding offering, serving a wide range of businesses both locally and internationally.”
He added, “We are proud that Google Cloud has chosen Qatar and is joining the growing number of major international companies in various fields which have registered an interest in setting up in the zones. This move reflects the confidence investors have in Qatar, as it moves steadily towards achieving its National Vision 2030, which is aimed at creating a knowledge-based economy.”
QFZA is closely collaborating with the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) to provide opportunities for cloud computing to businesses in Qatar and promote other digital initiatives through the TASMU program.
In a blog published by Google Cloud’s Dave Stiver, senior product manager, GeoExpansion, the company announced expansion plans to newer regions, including Doha, Qatar in the region. “The region will launch in Doha, Qatar, allowing new and existing customers, as well as partners, to run their workloads locally. We see substantial interest from many customers in the Middle East and Africa,” said Stiver.
Stiver added that the company will launch additional cloud regions in Delhi (India), Melbourne (Australia) and Toronto (Canada). “Delivering the best experience is our priority, and as our customer base expands around the world, we’ll also look to add other regions in new markets across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas to provide all of our users with reliable performance, security and leading sustainability,” he added.