December 11, 2016

Alibaba launches new data center in Dubai

Alibaba Group’s cloud-computing arm, Alibaba Cloud, announced last month their plan to open a new data center in Dubai by the end of this year, in an effort to penetrate the Middle Eastern market and bring cloud storage services in the region.

Similar data centers are being opened in other regions such as Australia, Germany, and Japan, but the one in Dubai will be allotted as a full-pledged public cloud server. The company says there shouldn’t be any cause of worries for the security of confidential data.


Alibaba Group Vice President Yu Sicheng explained that opening new data centers was an important move for them in their long term strategy, which is to extend their capability to deliver services to local clients in different regions. The data center was built and will be operated by YVOLV, a joint venture by local company Meeras Holdings and Alibaba Cloud.

Why Dubai?

The opening of Alibaba’s data center in Dubai plays a key role in the UAE’s Smart Dubai initiative and their UAE Vision 2021, seeking to create new applications and big-data tools that will support customers in the Middle East. The data center is said to be the first “full-fledged public cloud” in the Middle Eastern region to meet the increasing demand for affordable and secure cloud computing.


Alibaba Cloud President Simon Hu said the expansion is central to the company’s efforts to empower businesses with a wide range of opportunities that come from cloud computing, forming the digital foundation for a new global economy, especially for rapidly developing regions.

Alibaba Cloud hopes to provide the local market with greater access to the company’s offerings such as enterprise-level middleware, cloud security, and data storage and analytics. The company aims to grow their client base and go beyond the current 2.3 million mark.

Apart from providing improved cloud computing services, Alibaba also wants to strengthen the trade relations between China and the UAE. With over 4,200 Chinese companies and 2,500 trade labels registered with the Ministry of Economy, this move aims to cater to the needs of enterprises that have plans of participating in the global market place.

The Alibaba Group at a glance


The Alibaba Group is a Chinese e-commerce company offering business-to-business, consumer-to-consumer, and business-to-consumer sales services. When it was established, the primary goal of the Alibaba Group was to connect Chinese manufacturers with buyers from different parts of the world through the website It has long since launched different websites to accommodate the growing needs of businesses and consumers alike.

While the Alibaba Group is known for being one of the leaders in the e-commerce industry, they also offer electronic payment and cloud computing services. This is part of their endeavors to keep up with other global brands such as Microsoft, Amazon, and IBM. Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, ranks among the top three cloud computing companies in the world.