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Dubai to house Middle East and Africa’s largest solar-powered data center

The 100MW+ development will be built to serve hyperscale customers and regional enterprises and play its part in making Dubai a global hub for green economy and sustainable development.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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December 20, 2021 | 12:01 AM GMT

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has broken ground on what will be the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region’s largest solar-powered data centre.

The data centre will be built with Huawei and implemented by Moro Hub (Data Hub Integrated Solutions LLC), a subsidiary of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.

The carbon-neutral green data centre will use 100% renewable energy with a capacity exceeding 100 megawatts (MW), the company said.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA); Steven Yi, President of Huawei Middle East & Africa; Marwan Bin Haidar, Vice Chairman – Digital & Group CEO of Digital DEWA; Waleed Bin Salman, Vice Chairman – Energy, Digital DEWA; Matar Al Mehairi, Board Member of Digital DEWA; Mohammad Bin Sulaiman, CEO of Moro Hub; Jerry Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE; and other officials from both sides.

Al Tayer said: “We work in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global hub for green economy and sustainable development.

“Breaking ground for the largest green data centre in the Middle East and Africa confirms that we are on the right track to achieve the goals of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of energy from clean energy sources by 2050, as well as the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy, which aims to reduce electricity and water demand by 30% by 2030.”

He added that the data centre that Moro Hub will implement will enable global hyper-scalers to access carbon-free computing. This is the second solar-powered green data centre in Dubai launched by Moro Hub.

“It will also help organisations in their sustainability initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint,” he said.

Also commenting, Huawei’s Yi said: “Data is quickly becoming the new engine for economic expansion and diversification. As more data centre facilities are established in the future, this project serves as an exemplar of combining digital and power electronic technologies to create greener, low-carbon ICT infrastructure powered through renewable energy.

“We are committed to contributing towards carbon neutrality worldwide and very proud to be working with Moro Hub in what is truly a landmark project for the region in this regard.”

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