Google Cloud is working with Qatar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Qatar Free Zone Authority to establish a regional hub in the country’s capital, Doha.
The hub will be the company’s first in the GCC region. It will focus on the digital transformation of the company in Qatar and the wider Middle East, helping Google to develop its products and services.
The Doha hub was recently announced as part of Google Cloud’s global network of 37 regions and 112 zones. As a result of the expansion, Google Cloud services can now be used in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.
According to research by Google Cloud (conducted by Access Partnership), creating a new hub is anticipated to impact Qatar’s economy significantly. Between 2023 and 2030, the manufacturing facility will contribute approximately $18.9 billion to Qatar’s economic output and is also expected to create around 25,000 jobs by 2030.
Google says the new Doha regional hub will have three areas where users can submit apps and store them for better protection against attacks. The infrastructure will also include Google’s major cloud products, such as Computer Engine, Cloud Run, Cloud SQL, Google Kubernetes Engine, Spanner, and more. These products provide users with various tools and features to meet their cloud needs and support them with their digital processes.
The official announcement was made at a launch event attended by Qatari cabinet officials and business leaders, highlighting the importance of Google’s regional expansion to local cloud infrastructure.
Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai welcomed the announcement, declaring that the new hub aligns with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, stating, “The new cloud region will contribute to giving impetus to economic and productivity growth, and will allow various government and private companies and institutions within Qatar the opportunity to achieve significant efficiency gains by adopting flexible features in dealing with digital technology”.
Yalla!Hub Forms New Partnership With WEE Marketplace
The collaboration will accelerate e-commerce digitalization and allow for speedy deliveries across the Gulf countries.
After raising $6 million to expand into Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Yalla!Hub is now set to collaborate with WEE to facilitate the sale of products through both YallaMarket and the WEE marketplace. The companies plan to enhance the GCC e-commerce market using a range of innovative solutions for sales and delivery, presenting new opportunities for Emirati-based and foreign suppliers.
“This collaboration with WEE Marketplace signifies a major step forward in our mission to revolutionize e-commerce through digitalization in the UAE and GCC, making market entry and operations smoother both for customers and businesses. With this partnership, we’re able to extend the reach of brands to a wider audience,” explained Leo Dovbenko, CEO of Yalla!Hub.
Meanwhile, new partner WEE is uniquely positioned in the UAE and already well known for fast delivery services. The company’s WEE Marketplace will soon feature goods from Yalla!Hub on their platform, empowering Dubai shoppers with 1-hour delivery windows and a next-day service across the rest of the Emirates.
“WEE Marketplace and Yalla!Hub are absolute leaders of the UAE fast e-commerce market, and this partnership opens new horizons for brands, allowing them to enter at once both platforms. We choose the brands very carefully, aiming to give the best products to our customers,” said Anastasia Kim, CEO and co-founder of WEE marketplace.
The Emirati e-commerce market has now reached a value of nearly $13 billion and is expected to grow to $20 billion by 2027. Express deliveries account for 5.5% of total merchandise turnover, which currently stands at around $700 million. Among the express delivery categories, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, flowers, and groceries lead the way.