Moro Hub, or Data Hub Integrated Solutions — a subsidiary of Digital Dewa, the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has signed an agreement with Huawei to build the largest solar-powered Uptime TIER III-Certified Data Centre in the Middle East and Africa at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The new sustainable, carbon-neutral green data centre uses 100 per cent renewable energy and has a capacity exceeding 100 megawatts (MW) and is the second solar-powered green data centre in Dubai launched by Moro Hub.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive of Dewa, and Charles Yang, president of Huawei Middle East. Marwan bin Haidar, vice-chairman and group CEO Digital Dewa, and Jerry Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE, signed the agreement.
“The sustainable data centre supports Dubai’s 10X initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make the Emirate a city of the future, putting it 10 years ahead of other global cities. This meets our ambition to deliver sustainable digital transformation and anticipate and shape the future. This supports the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the world’s leading nation and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030,” said Al Tayer.
He said the carbon-neutral centre supports Dubai’s efforts to exceed the goals of Dubai’s Carbon Abatement Strategy in reducing carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2021. Dubai has surpassed this target, reducing emissions by 22 per cent in 2019.
“The new centre positions Moro Hub, a subsidiary of Digital Dewa Group which also includes InfraX and DigitalX, as a leading contributor to the UAE’s circular economy, while significantly aids DEWA’s progress towards sustainable development,” said Al Tayer.
He said the centre will offer digital products and services using Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, such as cloud services, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
“Since the new green Data Centre is the largest in the Middle East and Africa, it will enable global hyper-scalers to access carbon-free computing. Moro Hub’s green data centre will help customers in their sustainability initiatives to reduce their carbon emissions and become carbon neutral,” added Al Tayer.
“We are pleased to associate with Moro Hub as the key technology provider for the largest green data centre in the region. This is an important association, and it allows us to strengthen our partnership with Moro Hub and take part in fortifying the UAE’s sustainable development goals. There’s been significant growth in the renewable sector, and we are optimistic that this agreement will reinforce our endeavours to implement and strengthen the adoption of carbon-neutral digital technologies,” said Yang.
Commenting on this announcement, Mustapha Louni, senior vice-president, Middle East, Africa and Greater India, Uptime Institute, said: “We laud the relentless efforts of the UAE government to accelerate the adoption of the next-generation infrastructure for its citizens and businesses. Construction of the most sustainable Uptime Institute TIER III-Certified Data Centre in the region will provide green leadership to the IT industry at large, and we are confident that this new facility will support the country’s sustainable economic growth for years to come.”