EVOTEQ, the Middle East’s leading digital transformation catalyst, and Khazna, the UAE’s largest data centre wholesale providers, are collaborating with a view to jointly develop Sharjah’s first Tier 3 data center.
The data centre will enable faster and more efficient digital transformation of Sharjah, and its development into a smart city. The agreement was formalised by Jihad Tayara, CEO of EVOTEQ; and Hassan Al Naqbi, CEO of Khazna Data Centers.
Data centers are fast becoming the foundation blocks for enabling smart cities safeguarding business continuity, key operations and data sovereignty, which form the blueprint of smart cities. EVOTEQ and Khazna intend to combine their expertise to develop an industry-standard Tier 3 data centre, encompassing high-tech security, fire and environmental control systems, and full redundancy grade power.
In addition to enabling and supporting the growth of Sharjah into a smart city, the planned data centre will also enhance business continuity and scalability opportunities for commercial and government entities. Furthermore, the data centre will support Sharjah’s goals for attracting global and leading technology companies to invest in the Emirate. This is part of the wider vision for the Emirate to bring sustainable economic returns and generating jobs for UAE nationals.
Tayara said “EVOTEQ aims to play a critical role in the region’s digital transformation, beginning with the UAE. Building a Tier 3 data centre in Sharjah will bring considerable digital experience and technological expertise to the table, and we are delighted to work with Khazna in developing this ground-breaking project.”
He added: “The Data Centre holds immense benefits to the Sharjah public and private sector and will ensure their future development as the Emirate continues its transitions to a smarter city. We look forward to creating immense value for Sharjah through this project and building the city’s reputation as a forward looking, futuristic city in line with the leadership’s ambitions.”
Al Naqbi, “We are delighted to partner with EVOTEQ on this ambitious project, as we share a mutual interest in driving digital transformation in the UAE. Building Sharjah’s first Tier 3 data center will have immense economic benefits not only in Sharjah, but also the wider UAE.”