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G42 Teams With Microsoft To Boost UAE Cloud Infrastructure

The collaboration will also focus on AI solutions for the health, life science, energy, and sustainability sectors.

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Abu Dhabi-based AI and cloud computing company G42 and US tech powerhouse Microsoft have announced the next phase of their strategic partnership to overhaul and expand cloud and technology infrastructure across the United Arab Emirates.

G42 will deliver advanced AI solutions, while Microsoft will help to expand existing data center infrastructure and Azure cloud services in the Emirates, according to an announcement made on Monday.

“This strategic collaboration with Microsoft is not just about technology […] it’s about creating a holistic ecosystem for societal resilience and growth,” explained Peng Xiao, group chief executive of G42.

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“By combining our respective expertise and shared forward-thinking approach, we aim to not only transform industries but also create positive economic opportunities and lasting impacts on the well-being of individuals, communities, and society as a whole,” Mr Xiao continued.

The two companies will also focus on bringing AI solutions to various sectors, including health, life sciences, energy, sustainability, and other projects of national significance, such as the Cop28 climate summit to be held in Dubai later this year.

According to a study released last October, Microsoft expects its portfolio of cloud services to add over $39 billion to the UAE economy over the next four years, along with the creation of 100,000 jobs.

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The UAE’s digital economy is expected to grow from $38 to $140 billion by 2031. Meanwhile, in July, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, announced a new cloud technology project in a bid to boost the Emirate’s tech infrastructure and accelerate digital transformation.

The UAE also recently approved the formation of a Higher Committee for Government Digital Transformation as the country races to develop a strong and tech-first digital economy.

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Hamad International Wins 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards

The Qatar airport also won “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time, and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for the 10th year.

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Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has once again won the “World’s Best Airport” title at the Skytrax World Airport Awards. The award ceremony, held at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2024 in Frankfurt, Germany, also saw Hamad clinch the accolade of “World’s Best Airport Shopping” for the 2nd time in a row and “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive 10th consecutive year.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who played a key role in the airport’s development over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners, who have contributed to providing passengers with the finest travel experience”.

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Al-Meer emphasized the importance of understanding changing travel trends and the needs of modern air passengers: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs, and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including Souq Al Matar, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travelers, “Orchard”, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights, and an array of high-end lounges”.

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Hamad International Airport saw a massive 31% surge in passenger traffic during 2023, with the transport hub now serving over 45 million passengers annually. The airport is now home to prestigious airlines, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Japan Airlines, serving 250+ destinations for passenger and cargo flights.

The uptick in traffic is no doubt due to the completion of the first phase of an extensive expansion project. Hamad’s management intends to radically update the airport’s facilities over the coming years in a bid to create the “airport of the future”. The expansion features a unique and calming environment of lush greenery and several contemporary dining and shopping concepts among the already well-equipped leisure facilities.

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