Dubai-headquartered wholesale data center provider, Khazna Data Centers, has commenced the construction of its second data center in Masdar, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Codenamed Khazna Abu Dhabi 6 (or AUH 6), the new data center facility is designed to offer 31.8MW (approx. 32MW) of IT power capacity upon full build, which will be developed using modular architectures.

According to the company, AUH 6 is expected to meet sustainability and efficiency standards in compliance with international hyperscale requirements, and further address the need for a future-ready digital infrastructure to enhance enterprises’ digital resiliency and digital transformation journeys.

“One of the most exciting aspects of the evolution of data centers is how data centers underpin nearly everything we do in our digital lives,” said Hassan Alnaqbi, CEO of Khazna Data Centers.

“Driven by the growing demand for data center capacity, accelerated deployment of digital transformation initiatives, the adoption of disruptive technologies, and to be better suited to face future challenges, elicit the growing demand for data centers today.”

As announced, the new Khazna Abu Dhabi 6 data center facility is scheduled to be completed by Q3 2023.

Currently, Khazna has three facilities across ِAbu Dhabi and Dubai, with 3 data centers under construction and a further 3 in the pipeline. Upon completion of all its planned projects, the company expects to deliver a total of 220MW capacity across its sites in the United Arab Emirates.

In the UAE, Amazon cloud arm, AWS (Amazon Web Services) is also planning to open a cloud region in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), consisting of three geographically separated data center facilities or Availability Zones. The planned UAE cloud infrastructure, which is scheduled to open in the first half of 2022, will become AWS’s second region in the Middle East, joining the existing AWS Region in Bahrain which was opened in 2019.