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Abu Dhabi’s G42 and Microsoft partner to build cloud infrastructure in the UAE

The companies will provide AI solutions for health and life sciences, and energy sectors

Abu Dhabi’s G42 and Microsoft partner to build cloud infrastructure in the UAE
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A study released last year found that Microsoft’s cloud services could generate $39 billion and create 100,000 jobs in the UAE over four years. This is why it is no surprise that G42 and Microsoft have announced a partnership to boost cloud infrastructure in the country.

Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence and cloud computing company G42 and US tech giant Microsoft announced the next phase of their ongoing strategic collaboration to boost cloud infrastructure in the UAE further.

This expansion will give the UAE’s public sector and regulated industries access to the latest AI features available on the Azure public cloud and help them comply with local regulations. 

The companies will also focus on providing the country with AI-enabled industry-specific solutions for sectors such as health and life sciences, energy, sustainability, and projects of national significance, like COP28.

“This strategic collaboration with Microsoft isn’t just about technology; it’s about creating a holistic ecosystem for societal resilience and growth,” Peng Xiao, group chief executive of G42, said. 

“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.”

This announcement comes after G42 and Microsoft first announced their intention to partner in April this year, with plans to “ further strengthen their collaboration in the upcoming months,” according to a statement by Microsoft.

Microsoft will expand its Azure services in the UAE through this partnership through Khazna Data Centers, a joint venture between G42 and e&.

“Microsoft’s partnership with G42 will empower customers across the public sector with next-generation AI solutions built on the most trusted, comprehensive, and integrated cloud platform,” said Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

“With data privacy, security, and compliance as our core priorities, we have a unique opportunity to help organizations responsibly innovate for the benefit of citizens and residents across the UAE,” Althoff added.

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