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United Arab Emirates Data Center Market - Investment Analysis & Growth Opportunities 2022-2027

United Arab Emirates Data Center Market - Investment Analysis & Growth Opportunities 2022-2027

  • October 2022
  • 117 pages
  • ID: 6353436
  • Format: PDF
  • Arizton


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The United Arab Emirates data center market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.43% during 2022-2027.


• The United Arab Emirates is among the top data center markets in the Middle East. The country has the presence of local and global operators such as Equinix, Khazna Data Centers, Gulf Data Hub, and Etisalat, among others. The high internet and social media penetration across the country driven by COVID-19, deployment of 5G services, and better and improved inland connectivity make UAE an attractive market for investors.
• Dubai is the primary location for data center investment in the UAE, followed by Abu Dhabi and other cities such as Fujairah. Introducing the Personal Data Protection Law in the country will protect the confidentiality of the citizens’ data and further boost the country’s market. The Energy Strategy 2050, to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in the country and increase investment towards renewable energy to power facilities with clean and green energy, will likely continue during the forecast period. Developing Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Free Trade Zones (FTZs), and smart city investments will also boost the United Arab Emirates data center market.
• The market includes about 14 unique third-party data center service providers operating over 20 facilities. In addition, the country also possesses several on-premise data centers owned by the government and local enterprises. The country is currently witnessing investments in 13 facilities, which are expected to be operational in the next 2-3 years.


• The United Arab Emirates Data Center Market has over 25 operational colocation data centers. Most colocation centers are being designed according to Tier III standards. For instance, Huawei Technologies and Moro Hub are developing a facility in Dubai, which will be certified as Tier III by Uptime Institute.
• The COVID-19 impact and remote working have led to an increase in data generation at local levels. In addition, migration from on-premises to colocation, cloud, and managed services will boost the DC market in the United Arab Emirates.
• Khazna Data Centers is among the country’s top and most significant operators and has planned to increase its IT load capacity from 40 MW to 200 MW by 2023.
• The country is also witnessing improvement in submarine and inland connectivity. For instance, 2Africa will connect UAE with other countries such as India, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, Oman, and other countries once deployed.
• Significant adoption of 5G services, along with the development of smart cities in the UAE, will fuel data traffic and further grow the demand for more data centers in the country.


• Market size available in the investment, area, power capacity, and the UAE colocation market revenue.
• An assessment of the investment in UAE by colocation, hyperscale, and enterprise operators.
• Investments in the area (square feet) and power capacity (MW) across locations in the country.
• During the forecast period, a detailed study of the existing market landscape, an in-depth industry analysis, and insightful predictions about the UAE data center market size.

• Snapshot of existing and upcoming third-party data center facilities in UAE
a) Facilities Covered (Existing): 29
b) Facilities Identified (Upcoming): 16
c) Coverage: 5 Cities
d) Existing vs. Upcoming (Area)
e) Existing vs. Upcoming (IT Load Capacity)

• Data center colocation market in the UAE
a) Market Revenue & Forecast (2021-2027)
b) Wholesale vs. Retail Revenue & Forecast (2021-2027)
c) Retail Colocation Pricing
d) Wholesale Colocation Pricing
• The UAE market landscape investments are classified into IT, power, cooling, and general construction services with sizing and forecast.
• A comprehensive analysis of the latest trends, growth rate, potential opportunities, growth restraints, and prospects for the industry.
• Business overview and product offerings of prominent IT infrastructure providers, construction contractors, support infrastructure providers, and investors operating in the industry.
• A transparent research methodology and the analysis of the demand and supply aspect of the market.


• Edgnex, a UAE-based wholly owned subsidiary of a private investment company, was formed and planned to set up data centers in the Middle East and worldwide.
• The country is also witnessing an increase in the adoption of cloud services. Microsoft, Oracle, Alibaba, and IBM have a strong presence in the country. In November 2021, Oracle launched a new cloud region in Abu Dhabi.
• The hyperscale operator Amazon Web Services announced its plan to open a cloud and data center region in the United Arab Emirates with three availability zones that will likely be online by 2022. It also operates two edge locations in Fujairah and Dubai.
• Operators are increasing their market share and presence across the country by either acquiring data center operators or investing in them. For instance, Etisalat (e&) and Group 42 (G42) announced to merge the data center business and operate it as a Joint Venture (JV) with Khazna Data Centers.

Major Vendors

IT Infrastructure Providers
• Arista Networks
• Atos
• Cisco Systems
• Dell Technologies
• Hewlett Packard Enterprise
• Huawei Technologies
• Lenovo
• NetApp

Data Center Construction Contractors & Sub-Contractors
• Aldar Properties
• Arup
• DC PRO Engineering
• Edarat Group
• HHM Building Contracting
• James L. Williams (JLW)
• Laing O’Rourke
• Linesight
• M+W Group
• McLaren Construction Group
• RW Armstrong
• Turner & Townsend

Support Infrastructure Providers
• Airedale International Air Conditioning
• Alfa Laval
• Caterpillar
• Chatsworth Products
• Cummins
• Delta Electronics
• Eaton
• Envicool
• Johnson Controls
• Legrand
• Rittal
• Rolls-Royce
• Schneider Electric
• Siemens
• Vertiv

Data Center Investors
• Amazon Web Services
• Equinix
• Etisalat (e&)
• Gulf Data Hub
• Khazna Data Centers
• Moro Hub


• Existing Facilities in the region (Area and Power Capacity)
a) Dubai
b) Abu Dhabi
c) Other Cities (Al Ain, Fujairah, & Sharjah)
• List of Upcoming Facilities in the region (Area and Power Capacity)

This report analyses the United Arab Emirates data center market share. It elaboratively analyses the existing and upcoming facilities and investments in IT, electrical, mechanical infrastructure, general construction, and tier standards. It discusses market sizing and investment estimation for different segments. The segmentation includes:

• IT Infrastructure
• Servers
• Storage Systems
• Network Infrastructure
• Electrical Infrastructure
• UPS Systems
• Generators
• Transfer Switches & Switchgears
• PDUs
• Other Electrical Infrastructure
• Mechanical Infrastructure
• Cooling Systems
• Rack Cabinets
• Other Mechanical Infrastructure
• Cooling Systems
• CRAC & CRAH Units
• Chiller Units
• Cooling Towers, Condensers & Dry Coolers
• Economizers & Evaporative Coolers
• Other Cooling Units
• General Construction
• Core & Shell Development
• Installation & commissioning Services
• Engineering & Building Design
• Fire Detection & Suppression Systems
• Physical Security
• Tier Standard
• Tier I & Tier II
• Tier III
• Tier IV
• Geography
• Dubai
• Abu Dubai
• Other Cities

1. How big is the United Arab Emirates data center market?
2. What is the growth rate of the United Arab Emirates data center market?
3. How much will MW power capacity be added across the United Arab Emirates from 2022 to 2027?
4. What factors are driving the United Arab Emirates data center market?
5. Which all cities are included in the UAE data center market report?

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