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Huawei Cloud announced the launch of the Huawei Cloud Riyadh Region, which is going live immediately. Unveiled at the Huawei Cloud Summit Saudi Arabia 2023, the new Riyadh Region will help promote digital-led economic growth in the country.

The launch of the Huawei Cloud Riyadh Region announced that the Saudi Arabia Region will be Huawei Cloud’s focus in serving the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, providing innovative, reliable, secure, and sustainable cloud services in line with Huawei Cloud's unwavering support for Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.

Commenting on this monumental achievement, H.E. Eng. Haitham bin Abdul Rahman Al-Ohali, Vice Minister at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in Saudi Arabia, said, "Huawei is a proud partner in our country's technological progress, having worked with the Ministry, service providers, enterprises and universities in various collective efforts towards digital transformation. We look forward to the transformative impact the Huawei Cloud Riyadh Region will have on our digital ecosystem, creating new avenues for innovation and growth."

The Riyadh Region provides several benefits to customers. First, this region translates our global expertise in digital transformation into industry excellence, making innovation easier and faster. Huawei Cloud Saudi Region is located in Riyadh, and through a 3AZ (availability zone) architecture, it will provide highly available and secure cloud services, ensuring the stable operations of various services. In addition, the region can provide full-stack cloud services, including infrastructure, databases, containers, big data and AI services, to meet the requirements of various industries.

Based on the 3-AZ high-reliability architecture, the Riyadh Region provides low latency, covering all existing carriers' networks powered by STC, Zain and Mobily. The local data center will store data locally in line with local data regulations. The company will also launch 68 cloud services in three categories: data, AI and cloud-native.

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Steven Yi, senior vice president of Huawei and president of Huawei Middle East and Central Asia Region, said, “I’ve cherished numerous unforgettable moments in this extraordinary country. Just yesterday, walking through the newly renovated Diriyah evoked my deep emotions. It brought to mind an old Chinese saying: ‘Build the right nest, and a Phoenix will come.’ The essence is clear: create an inviting environment, and you'll attract the best. This is undeniably true for Saudi, a nation that consistently attracts top investors."

The company revealed that Huawei Cloud will utilize a number of industry-leading technologies to advance Intelligence for Saudi Arabia, including the Pangu 3.0 model, which addresses the AI adoption challenge by leveraging industry insights to enhance AI capabilities across sectors like finance, government, manufacturing and more. The Pangu 3.0 AI model will usher in a new era of innovation in the Kingdom while accelerating economic diversification.

At the Huawei Cloud Summit Saudi Arabia 2023, the company also released the “Saudi Arabia Go Cloud Go Global” plan to connect Chinese and Saudi enterprises internationally, fostering growth and innovation. The company will leverage its strong experience of working in more than 170 countries and regions, various industries and advanced technologies and solutions to help Chinese enterprises enter Saudi Arabia and enhance partnerships with local stakeholders.

President of Huawei Cloud Global Marketing and Sales Service Jacqueline Shi said, “Huawei Cloud aims high, aims global and aims here in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia Region will be our focus in serving the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, providing innovative, reliable, secure and sustainable cloud services. We hope to create a better choice for advancing intelligence. This cloud gives you more choices to stay innovative, inclusive and open. This cloud will help you succeed in the digital and intelligent era. This cloud is for everyone.”

At the event, the company also announced that Huawei Cloud will train 200,000 developers in Saudi Arabia in the next five years. It will also build joint solutions with 1,000 local partners and launch the Huawei Cloud Entrepreneurship Program to help 2,000 startups grow.

Eric Yang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia, added, "We are proudly launching Huawei Cloud Riyadh Region today. It has been a great journey for us in Saudi Arabia for the last 20+ years. Huawei is a constructor for an intelligent society, a contributor for a thriving economy and a cultivator for a prosperous talent ecosystem. Towards 2030, we will [be] dedicated to continuously providing ubiquitous connectivity, green energy, pervasive cloud computing and AI capabilities for Saudi Arabia to unlock unlimited opportunities of the new digital era."

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