Weekly News Blast – 14th September 2023

Welcome to the GDCA’s new Weekly News Blast email. Every Thursday we’ll be bringing you a curated round-up of all the trending Middle Eastern data centre news from the week, including any news from our Sponsors. We’ll also be posting a Weekly News Blast on our LinkedIn, so stay tuned.

Have any Middle East data centres news you’d like to share? Email yours to pr@gulfdca.com with NEWS in the subject line.

Sponsor News


RED becomes Sponsor of Gulf Data Centre Association and Touchdown Middle East

We are excited to announce  that RED, a global company of specialist building services and ICT engineers, has joined the GDCA as a Platinum Sponsor and will be sponsoring the Touchdown Middle East 2023 conference as a Gold Sponsor!

“We are thrilled to have RED on board as a sponsor at the GDCA and for Touchdown, bringing their market-leading expertise and innovative thinking to the table,” said Henry Sutton, Founder of the GDCA and Touchdown Middle East. “As the GCC sees an exciting time of digitalised development, RED’s reputation and experience in data centre design and sustainability is impressive and will bring great value to the GDCA and be a great addition to the Touchdown line-up.”

Read more here.

Industry News


Spanish government pushes back against stc’s 9.9% stake in Telefónica

stc Group had agreed to purchase the stake for US$2.25 billion, becoming the largest shareholder in the Telefonica Group. Yolanda Diaz, Spains labour minister and second deputy prime minister has spoken out against the sale. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval, with economy minister stating Spanish authorities were investigating the purchase. Read more…

ROSHN and stc partner to bring cutting edge ICT to ROSHN communities

ROSHN, Saudi Arabia’s leading national real estate developer and PIF-funded giga-project, has signed a MoU and infrastructure agreement with stc group at Cityscape Global forum to provide ROSHN communities with best-in-class, cutting-edge telecommunications access, coverage and connectivity. Read more…

Saudi-Chinese companies sign MOU to launch data centres in the Kingdom

Saudi Arabia’s ICT service provider Saudi Call and China’s Shanghai Lumaotong Group (LMT) and China Mobile International Limited (CMI) will cooperate to construct 100MW Tier III and Tier IV Saudi Call Crownland data centres in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and NEOM. Read more…

Saudi’s DataVolt partners with water tech firm AquaTech for water-efficient data centers

Under a signed MoU, Indian water-technology firm AquaTech and new Saudi sustainable data centre operator, DataVolt aim to design, construct, and operate data centres equipped with cooling systems tailored to the evolving demands of modern computing technology. Read more…

DataVolt to set up $100M data centre in Bangladesh

Saudi’s DataVolt has unveiled plans to invest $100 million to establish a cutting-edge data centre in Bangladesh at Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City. Read more…

Saudi’s Red Sea Global signs 25-year deal for renewable energy system for Amaala infrastructure

Red Sea Global has entered into a 25-year agreement with France’s EDF and Masdar, a clean energy company, to build a facility with an optimised off-grid renewable energy system that is all-solar-powered for Amaala. With a 700 MWh battery storage facility, Amaala will be powered by renewables around the clock. Read more…

Top deals from Riyadh’s Cityscape Global

Some of the high-profile deals include Talaat Moustafa Group’s SAR 40 billion Banan City project and Saudi developer ROSHN’s partnerships valued at SAR 9 billion. Read more…


Oman to launch new Equinix-hosted Internet Exchange – Oman-IX

Launched by AWSAR, a licensed service provider in Oman, Alliance Networks, a regional digital infrastructure service provider, and AMS-IX, an Internet Exchange provider, Oman-IX is set to go live in Q4 2022 at Quinix’s MC1 data centre in Muscat. Read more…


JLL – UAE leads the Middle East in data centre evolution

JLL revealed in a whitepaper at Cityscape Global that the UAE has firmly established itself as a leader of data centre evolution, with 28 active colocation facilites. Key players like Khazna and Equinix are accelerating this growth, with the former aiming to achieve a total planned capacity of 300 MW by adding 12 new facilities to its portfolio in two years. Read more…

Johnson Controls launches Cooling as a Service 

Fully managed by Johnson Controls, Cooling as a Service (CaaS) is a new innovation set to reshape the cooling industry and will launch later in 2023 with a UAE-based customer. CaaS covers the entire cooling lifecycle from equipment upgrade to ongoing operation, service and maintenance. Read more…



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