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China’s Huawei opens cloud data center in Riyadh to grow MENA footprint

The Chinese telecoms giant said in February it would invest $400 million in Saudi Arabia's cloud region over the next five years.

Huawei Technologies has opened a cloud data center in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to grow the company’s footprint in the Middle East and North Africa, the Chinese telecoms firm announced Monday.

The new cloud center will support government services for the kingdom and allow for artificial intelligence (AI) applications and language models in Arabic, a Huawei official told a briefing, Reuters reported. 

"The implementation of Huawei cloud is not just about us but is a bridge that will bring other Chinese companies to Saudi Arabia," said Steven Yi, the company's regional president. 

In a statement on the data center, Yi added that Saudi Arabia “consistently attracts top investors.”

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