February 21, 2024

Google Cloud Unveils New Region in Saudi Arabia, Expanding Its Global Infrastructure Footprint:

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Last Updated on November 30, 2023 by newseditor

With the opening of a new Google Cloud service area in Dammam, Saudi companies stand to gain more access to effective online platforms. The software giant wants to serve small and medium-sized businesses as well as startups in the Kingdom and the Middle East by offering cutting-edge and quick cloud services.

Google Cloud Services and the Digital Transformation Agenda in Saudi Arabia

With a projected $109 billion boost to the nation’s gross domestic product between 2024 and 2030, research commissioned by Google Cloud and carried out by Access Partnership indicates that this decision is expected to impact the Kingdom’s economic landscape dramatically. According to the research findings, this is also expected to generate 148,600 employment inside the economy by 2030.

Google Cloud services will reduce the requirement for clients to own or run their physical data centres and servers, as access to cloud computing will help 1.2 million small and medium enterprises achieve their growth objectives, raising productivity by up to 3.5 percent in 2030.

According to Bader Al-Madi, the national manager at Google Cloud, 90 percent of businesses in Saudi Arabia are currently small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which also account for 60 percent of all jobs in the country. Al-Madi explained that the ambitious goal of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is for SMEs to contribute 35 percent of the country’s GDP by 2030. “We’re going to be working actually to evangelize Google technology in the country, and this will be on a sectoral level,” Al-Madi said, reiterating their commitment.

Al-Madi explained that the introduced technology is poised to bring benefits to various sectors, including banking, insurance, and the rapidly evolving fintech industry in the Kingdom. In terms of the public sector, he highlighted its potential applications in the development of smart cities.

Meanwhile, Tarek Khalil, the Google Cloud director in MENA, shared in an interview that in the past year, a significant milestone has been achieved with the training of 19,000 individuals in the Kingdom. Among them, 5,000 received training and certification in the center of excellence. 

Furthermore, prospective users are now able to apply for the “Google for Startups Cloud Program,” which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2024.

Eligible companies will receive up to $200,000 in cloud credit, as well as product and technical support, committed mentors, and industry experts, for the first two years.

In addition, given the high level of interest, the investment in Saudi Arabia is being pushed by a sizable local demand from partners and customers to support and generate domestic demand.

With the addition of the new Dammam cloud area, Google Cloud is a network of 39 cloud regions and 118 zones that offers cloud services to over 200 countries and territories around the world. 

Takeaways

The Dammam Cloud Region is Google Cloud’s strategic entry into Saudi Arabia, aiming at encouraging the country’s digital development. The expected impact on economic growth, job creation, and support for small and medium-sized businesses is consistent with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aims.

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