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Google Cloud has marked the one-year milestone since launching the Doha Google Cloud region. Under the patronage of H.E. Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the first-ever Google Cloud Doha Summit showcased a year of remarkable progress, innovation, and collaboration in Qatar's digital landscape.

Congratulating Google Cloud on its first successful year in Qatar, Sami Mohamed Al Shammari, Assistant Undersecretary, Infrastructure and Operations Affairs at MCIT stated, "Your contribution has been valuable to the development of the digital landscape in our country. By fostering innovation and providing cutting-edge solutions, Google Cloud has enhanced our technological capabilities, moving progress across various sectors. We look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership and witnessing further advancements as we work together to achieve our digital transformation goals."

Sharing his remarks, Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Managing Director, META, Google Cloud, said, “As Google Cloud looks ahead, the commitment to Qatar's digital and knowledge-based economy remains steadfast. Continued investment in infrastructure, introduction of new services and features, and fostering a thriving ecosystem of partners and developers will unlock the full potential of Qatar's digital landscape.”

Source: Qatar Free Zones Authority - Google Cloud Office in Qatar

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Over the past year, businesses across various sectors in Qatar have widely adopted Google Cloud's innovative services and solutions. This adoption highlights the potency of cloud computing and Google Cloud's steadfast dedication to empowering organizations in Qatar for success in the digital era.

Launched in May 2023 as the first-of-its-kind in the Middle East and Africa, this new region debuted with three local zones, enabling users to distribute applications and storage for enhanced resilience against service disruptions. The Doha region also rolled out a suite of key Google Cloud products, including Compute Engine, Cloud Run, Cloud SQL, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Spanner, among others.

During the summit, Anthony Cirot, VP EMEA South at Google Cloud added, "AI is essential to helping us deliver on our mission at Google Cloud, which is to accelerate every organization's ability to digitally transform its business and industry. With innovations like Gemini for Google Cloud, we are empowering teams to innovate faster and transform their operations through AI. Our commitment goes beyond technology; it's about fostering a thriving ecosystem where businesses, government entities, and individuals can utilise the power of AI to spur real economic growth and create opportunities for everyone.”

Sheikh Ali Bin Jabor Al-Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, also shared his insights into Ooredoo's data transformation partnership with Google Cloud, highlighting the role of generative AI (GenAI) in driving Ooredoo Qatar's future goals.

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