MEEZA’s fourth data centre prepares Qatar for hyperscalers

Doha exchange

MEEZA, the data centre operator backed by the Qatar Foundation, has started work on its fourth facility in preparation for the arrival of hyperscalers in the Gulf state.

M-VAULT 4 will be located at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research Development and Innovation, and is due to completion in mid-2021 “coinciding with the expected arrival of global hyperscalers”.

MEEZA said M-VAULT 4 will “support Qatar’s digital transformation and smart future” as part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, the country’s plan for economic diversification. Technology features heavily in the plan, with smart city, AI and IoT concepts proposed for the environment, education, and healthcare. However, there are no specific targets around the infrastructure that will support such advances.

Similar “vision 2030” initiatives in the UAE and Saudi Arabia have seen sovereign wealth funds in both countries recently diversify into telco and MNO investments.

MEEZA said the new data centre will provide hosting services that “follow global best practices, in the provision of premium data centre services, which will enable all sectors to become more efficient and boost technological infrastructure”.

Acting CEO, Ahmad Abdulla AL-Muslemani, said: “We are excited to announce the establishment of our fourth data centre in Qatar, and it could not have come at a better time. The new data centre will be ready for use by the time we welcome some of the leading world experts in the industry and opens new doors for exchange of information, ideas, and technological advancement. We are honoured to pave the way to Qatar’s digital transformation by establishing the best technologies and providing a service of excellence to our clients”.

MEEZA’s portfolio includes three Tier III certified data centres, also known as M-VAULTs, which are said offer a guaranteed uptime of 99.98%.

COO Mohsin Al-Marri said: “Our vision is to make service excellence the expectation, not the exception. The fourth addition of the data centre for MEEZA helps us build the technological infrastructure that we need to bring Qatar to the global arena of cloud services. Our future is moving towards the digital and we, at MEEZA, are working to ensure that we maintain the best practices in the industry and offer premium hosting services and solutions”.

In 2019, Microsoft made its own contribution to Vision 2030, when it revealed plans to establish a new cloud data centre region in Qatar to deliver cloud services and expand its global cloud infrastructure. The facility was approved in January.