Dubai Launches World’s Largest Solar-Powered Data Center
The 16,000 square meter facility is located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and has a 100+ megawatt capacity.
It’s no secret that cloud-based services require massive data centers and lots of electricity to function. As the world edges towards a zero-carbon, sustainable future, those data centers will need to transition to fully renewable energy sources.
As an ideal location for large-scale solar generation, the UAE has taken decisive action, with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurating a new green data center — Moro Hub — through the digital arm, Digital DEWA.
The new facility is located at the massive Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, recognized as the largest single-site solar park in the world. The new data center will also make the record books as the largest solar-powered facility of its type.
“The new data center reflects our commitment to support the development of a sustainable economy and our efforts to transform Dubai into a global green economy hub. Moro Hub has always been a front-runner in promoting digital transformation and sustainability as well as enhancing its integrated solutions to help organizations and companies reach net-zero carbon emissions,” says Saeed Al Tayer, managing director, and chief executive of DEWA.
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Arranged over 16,000 square meters and using over 100 megawatts of power, the data center will provide cloud and hosting services, cybersecurity, smart city technology, and more. Dell, Microsoft, and Huawei are among the global leaders providing the technology for the zero-carbon Moro Hub.
“The project is a bright sign in Dubai’s journey towards a sustainable future that takes into account environmental needs,” explained Hamad Al Mansoori, director general of Digital Dubai.
NEOM Airlines Is Saudi Arabia’s New, Tech-Centric Carrier
The airline will embrace advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, and utilize high-tech propulsion systems by 2026.
Opening in 2025, NEOM is a $500 billion Saudi Arabian smart city that will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Now, Saudi authorities have announced that the futuristic metropolis will also be served by its own dedicated carrier — NEOM Airlines.
The service will begin operating in 2024 and embrace advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence and biometric check in. Aircraft will fly to and from NEOM Bay before moving to the soon-to-be-built NEOM International Airport.
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NEOM Airlines will focus on tourist, commercial, and residential travel and incorporate plenty of cutting-edge technology. Klaus Goersch, the airline’s CEO, revealed that existing aircraft will be retrofitted with existing technology on launch, but by 2026, an ultra-modern fleet will be in operation, “whether electric, hydrogen-powered, or supersonic”.
As well as modern, low-emissions power airplanes, NEOM aircraft will also be fitted with sleek, modern interiors, 6G Wi-Fi, large screens for every seat, plus gaming and chat technology.