«Communication» and Microsoft launch the first cloud data area in Qatar

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in partnership with Microsoft, yesterday launched the first large-scale cloud data center area, in a ceremony held in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Mohammed bin Ali Al-Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
This is Microsoft’s 55th region in the world, as it will join the largest cloud infrastructure in the world, improving the competitiveness of the State of Qatar at the regional and global level, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, and consolidating the country’s leading . position in the process of digital transformation.
The Microsoft Cloud Data Centers area was inaugurated during a ceremony held under the title “Qatar’s Digital Journey to the Future”, in the presence of a number of their Excellencies the Ministers, various senior executives in the public and private sectors, and Microsoft officials in the region and the world.
His Honor Mr. Mohammed bin Ali Al-Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said in his speech during the opening ceremony that these centers began in 2017 through intense and very positive discussions with Microsoft, which culminated in the signing of an agreement to to be established in July 2019.
His Excellency added that the launch of the centers is an important milestone in the process of transforming the State of Qatar into an advanced and pioneering digital center in the Middle East and the world, as this procession was inspired by the Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to establish a diversified and competitive national economy.
His Excellency the Minister of Communications and Information Technology has announced the launch of another global center for cloud data in the State of Qatar in the near future, to join the group of cloud computing development projects and to be an opportunity for companies involved in Qatar based to grow and expand in the country and the region, and for private and government entities to better provide their services, amidst an environment of high operational flexibility and ensured with the best tools and practices to meet the necessary provide protection against cyber risks.
He emphasized that these pioneering projects in the field of digital transformation, communication and information technology would not have been realized without the great attention given to this vital sector by our wise leadership and our government, which believes in its crucial role in the development of other economic sectors.
His Excellency pointed out that this interest is embodied in the zeal to provide a legislative and legal environment that regulates the sector and increases its attractiveness, as the government has enacted many laws and legislations that encourage investment in the field of the digital economy and encourage pioneering initiatives and projects therein, the latest of which was the approval of the Council of Ministers in its regular meeting held on 1 June 2022 on the Cloud Computing Policy Framework Document.
He also pointed out that the Act on Protected Data will be issued in the future, which is currently under preparation, to form a qualitative addition to the set of laws and legislation that regulates the digital sector, contributing to its development to improve.
His Excellency the Minister of Communications and Information Technology explained that Qatar is less than three months away from the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and “We are proud of our confirmation of the readiness of the ICT infrastructure and digital services to host the first tournament in the Middle East, and to provide an unforgettable experience at All levels.
Mr. Ralph Haupter, President of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that Microsoft customers across Qatar have started using the secure and reliable Microsoft cloud to innovate, achieve their goals and achieve much with less effort, noting on the launch of the first large-scale cloud data center region in the State of Qatar, which will provide more opportunities to accelerate the digital transformation process.
Ms Lana Khalaf, General Manager of Microsoft in Qatar, said: “Thanks to its history of achievements and being one of the first countries to rush to adopt technology in various areas, Qatar has been able to adopt the cloud and achieve revolution in entire sectors a new and advanced digital economy that will enable the opening of the data center area. Today, the cloud enables the country to transfer these amazing innovations to the world, and to consolidate Qatar’s position as a pioneer in digital transformation and a hub for innovation. “
On her part, Mrs. Mashael Al Hammadi, in charge of the duties of the Undersecretary for Information Technology Affairs at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, described the launch of the first Microsoft cloud data centers in the State of Qatar as an important achievement. in the task of accelerating Qatar’s digital transformation efforts and achieving the National Vision 2030 to transform to a diversified knowledge-based economy.
In a press conference held on the sidelines of the inauguration of Microsoft data centers, Al Hammadi said that the introduction of cloud data centers in Qatar empowers companies of all sizes and in all sectors by providing them with the necessary infrastructure to innovate and to accelerate. economic diversification in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, which is a long-term investment. The digital economy gives a competitive advantage, and emphasizes confidence in Qatar’s position among the digitally leading countries in the Middle East, Africa and the world.
She pointed out that the strategic partnership with Microsoft to establish cloud data centers in Qatar was announced two years ago, adding: “We knew at the time that we were entering a new stage in the process of sustainable development in Qatar. It was not ‘ a dream, but rather an ambition accompanied by a clear vision, strategies, plans and structures An infrastructure supported by a pervasive vision of the future for wise leadership that believes in the abilities of our youth, innovating the future, challenges in opportunities transform and build bridges from Qatar to the world.”

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