Moro Hub, a subsidiary of Digital DEWA, has signed an agreement with Huawei to build the largest solar-powered data center in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The new Uptime TIER III-certified, sustainable, and carbon-neutral green data center will use 100 percent renewable energy and has a capacity exceeding 100 megawatts (MW).
Marwan Bin Haidar, vice chairman and GCEO of Digital DEWA and Mr. Jerry Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE signed the deal, with HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Mr. Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East as witnesses.
"The sustainable data center supports Dubai's 10X initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make the Emirate a city of the future, putting it 10 years ahead of other global cities. This meets our ambition to deliver sustainable digital transformation and anticipate and shape the future. This supports the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the world's leading nation and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The carbon-neutral center supports Dubai's efforts to exceed the goals of Dubai's Carbon Abatement Strategy in reducing carbon emissions by 16% by 2021. Dubai has surpassed this target, reducing emissions by 22% in 2019," said Al Tayer.
Moreover, the center will offer digital products and services using the cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI) — all of which are vital technologies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Aiming to be the largest green data center in the MEA region, it will enable global hyper-scalers to access carbon-free computing.
"We are pleased to associate with Moro Hub as the key technology provider for the largest green data center in the region. This is an important association, and it allows us to strengthen our partnership with Moro Hub and take part in fortifying the UAE's sustainable development goals. There's been significant growth in the renewable sector, and we are optimistic that this agreement will reinforce our endeavors to implement and strengthen the adoption of carbon-neutral digital technologies," said Yang.
Commenting on this announcement, Mr. Mustapha Louni, senior vice president, Middle East, Africa & Greater India, Uptime Institute, said: "We laud the relentless efforts of the UAE government to accelerate the adoption of the next-generation infrastructure for its citizens and businesses. Construction of the most sustainable Uptime Institute TIER III-Certified Data Centre in the region will provide green leadership to the IT industry at large, and we are confident that this new facility will support the country's sustainable economic growth for years to come."