Bahrain plans multimillion-dollar data hub to boost digital transformation of Arab world

A new multimillion-dollar regional data center is set to be built in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Image used for illustrative purpose. Light Trails On Road In City Against Sky Photo Taken In Al Muharraq, Bahrain.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Light Trails On Road In City Against Sky Photo Taken In Al Muharraq, Bahrain.

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A new multimillion-dollar regional data center is set to be built in Bahrain to promote collective digital transformation across the Arab world.

The hub’s aim will be to help evolving local economies and enrich the lives of common people in the Arab world. The Arab League’s Arab Federation for Digital Economy (AFDE) entered into a memorandum of understanding with ATDXT LLC, a digital transformation company, headquartered in the UAE on Sept. 1.

The launch of the first- of-its-kind collaboration, will enable the new data center to focus on localized data protection, enhanced security, and rendering digital transformation solutions.

The initiative’s main hub in Bahrain will serve all member states of the Arab League. All member countries partaking in the initiative can leverage these solutions hosted in Bahrain, which is a key driver behind the Gulf’s overall digital economy transformation efforts. These solutions will be focused on supporting both government and private sector entities in Arab League member states, with the aim of improving the competitiveness of Arab economies and fostering their integration into the global economy.

The data center will aim to be eco-friendly and to host advanced technologies and digital transformation solutions, servicing Arab League states. These solutions will be extended to also be hosted locally in Arab league member nations such as the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, and Jordan in the first phase with other states to follow soon after.

The technology solutions will cover e-government services, e-commerce services, e-health solutions, secure digital tokens and fintech solutions, transportation solutions, digital identity solutions, telecommunication transformation systems, governance, crime management and cyber security systems, e-agriculture platforms, solar and renewable energy, and other business solutions.

GS Murthy, founder & executive chairman, ATDXT Group, said: “We are delighted to partner with the Arab League and incubate the first of its many multi-million-dollar regional hubs, in Bahrain. The focus of this initiative will remain to be on digital transformation enablement, that will improve competitiveness of the Arab nations, and foster their integration into the global economy. We are confident that our best-in-class skill development initiative, focused on cutting edge technologies, will create immense job opportunities and future technology leaders across the Arab nations.”

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said: “I appreciate the ATDXT Group for choosing the Kingdom of Bahrain to be the digital transformation solutions hub, reflecting the excellence of the investment environment in Bahrain and the many facilities they provide to investors. This partnership will enable us to contribute to the transformation of the digital outlook of the countries of the Middle-East and to continue to provide leading services to our citizens, residents and region as a whole.”

Ambassador Hossam Zaki, assistant secretary-general of the Arab League, said: “The League of Arab States along with the Arab Union is actively promoting the joint Arab strategic vision for the digital economy. I’m confident that this partnership will contribute to strengthening Arab cooperation in the digital world.”

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