Microsoft also announced new cloud regions for Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland, as well as the expansion of cloud options for customers in Germany and the general availability of Azure and Office 365 from new cloud regions in France.
Microsoft plans to open data centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the first in the Middle East, as the software maker seeks to capitalise on the region's growing demand for digitisation.
According to the report, Microsoft has previously offered cloud services in Germany in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, along with other European data centers in Dublin and Amsterdam.
Microsoft had deep local contacts and relationships in the Middle East and they wanted to help the public and private institutions meet the tremendous growth and technological innovation that is taking place in the country and all over the world.
Although Microsoft does not reveal earnings by region, previous year it reported that the Middle East and Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world for its cloud computing business.
In contrast to the Microsoft Cloud Deutschland, the company's two new cloud computing centres reportedly will be part of Microsoft's global cloud network, in an effort to target more worldwide companies, said WiWo. Etisalat is also consulting on migration and managed services to see to the smooth transition of business customers to the cloud.
Salvador Anglada, Chief Business Officer, Etisalat says, "This alliance reinforces the UAE 2021 vision to become one of the top knowledge-based economies in the world".