Oracle corp. has just announced the availability of its first second-generation Cloud region in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), precisely in Dubai.

With this new Dubai cloud region, Oracle marks the opening of its eight cloud region in 2020 and currently operates 26 regions globally – 20 commercial and six government. The company is still on its quest to have 36 cloud regions by 2021.

“The contribution of digital economy to the UAE’s GDP stood at 4.3 percent in 2019, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has set a target to double this contribution by enhancing the country’s digital readiness,” said Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, senior vice president – Technology, MEA & CEE, Oracle.

“Oracle’s second-generation cloud region in Dubai will help accelerate the digital transformation initiatives of organizations across the UAE’ government entities, large enterprise and SMEs, thus directly supporting the country’s economic vision,”

The company further stated that the new Dubai cloud region will be supported by a second region in the UAE. This is part of Oracle’s dual-region strategy to enable customers deploy applications in multiple geographies for disaster recovery, operations compliance and data residency requirements.

As announced, Emirates Telecommunication Group Company Etisalat, is the telecom partner for the new Oracle Cloud region in Dubai.

“With this strategic announcement, Etisalat will be part of Oracle’s growth path on bringing the next generation of cloud to the region. During this unprecedented period, global markets are looking at enhancing digital services availability and adding new capacities for businesses and the entire community,” said Salvador Anglada, Group Chief Business Officer, Etisalat.

“The partnership with Oracle further complements the existing capabilities of Etisalat which brings flexibility and availability for the private and public sector through the deployment of Oracle’s next generation of cloud services.”

Oracle upcoming cloud infrastructure projects include second regions in the U.K., Brazil, U.A.E, and Saudi Arabia, additional E.U. regions in Italy, Sweden, and France; as well as new cloud regions in Chile, Singapore, South Africa, and Israel.