DAMAC Properties, a real estate company owned by DAMAC Group, has just announced the expansion of its data center footprint in Saudi Arabia, with new 35MW facility, located in Dammam.

The new data center facility will be built in addition to Damac’s 20MW data facility that is already under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – which the company announced the ground breaking ceremony in April, 2022. While both will mark the Damac’s first data centers in Saudi Arabia, they are both expected to go live in the fourth quarter of 2023.

As announced, each facility will launch with 5MW IT capacity in Q4-2023, followed by a further 5MW in Q1-2024, however, the company expect both data center facilities to deliver 55MW of IT capacity by 2025.

“KSA holds a unique position in the MENA region – Its borders touch more countries than almost any other and it is an ideal jumping off point for connecting across Africa and the GCC. Our facilities in Dammam and Riyadh offer local diversity as well as rapid access to subsea cable systems that serve regional and global needs,” said Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of Damac.

The Dubai headquartered company Damac, whose primary interests are in real estate and hospitality services, claimed to have made an investment of around $600 million in the Kingdom, as a part of its $1 billion data center development strategy.

Saudi-based data center company Quantum Switch Tamasuk (QST), also announced the signing of an agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop and operate 6 new data centers with a total capacity of 300MW, early last year. As announced, the agreement which was established through Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), requires QST to deliver these data centers over the next five years, expecting each facility to offer 50MW of power capacity.