NEOM’s $500m hyper-scale data center to boost cognitive ecosystem globally

NEOM’s $500m hyper-scale data center to boost cognitive ecosystem globally
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Updated 03 February 2022

NEOM’s $500m hyper-scale data center to boost cognitive ecosystem globally

NEOM’s $500m hyper-scale data center to boost cognitive ecosystem globally

RIYADH: The digital arm of the Kingdom’s futuristic project NEOM has announced the role of its $500 million data center in offering global tech giants an end-to-end gateway to Saudi Arabia and the wider GCC markets.

‘ZeroPoint DC’, launched in partnership with EzdiTek, will support three data centers, operating a capacity of 36MW that can be further expanded, NEOM Tech & Digital said in a statement.

The giant data center, which seeks to be operational during the first half of this year, comes as part of a $1 billion investment by the city in AI-based products, two of which it introduced on the first day of Saudi flagship tech event LEAP.

The region’s first next-generation hyper-scale data center will be instrumental in powering M3LD, NEOM Tech & Digital Company’s groundbreaking, five-layer data-consent management platform, and XVRS, our own take on the metaverse

CEO of ZeroPoint DC, Fabio Fontana

Customers across the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe will see the new data center provide facility management, data center operations, and smart fit-out hand services, the company added.

It will allow them to rent and utilize ready-built data centers where they can later set up and operate their own data centers, subject to NEOM’s rules.

The hyper-scale data center will be designed in a way that ensures compliance with security standards.

Its strategic location at the nexus of terrestrial and subsea cables comes in line with its goal to deliver quick and reliable connectivity for customers.

Earlier, ZeroPoint DC had announced Oracle as its first tenant.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, part of the US computer technology giant, is to be hosted at the data center to provide a high-performing, resilient foundation for cloud services.




Joseph Bradley

“ZeroPoint DC is crucial to our ability to offer our partners unparalleled access to cutting-edge network capabilities across the region and beyond,” said the head of NEOM Tech & Digital, Joseph Bradley.

“The hyper-scale data center will drive wider network opportunities and future partnerships and is a testament to the innovation at the heart of NEOM,” he added.

Speaking to Arab News, Joseph Bradley described XVRS as “the world’s truly first metaverse platform.”

“The region’s first next-generation hyper-scale data center will be instrumental in powering M3LD, NEOM Tech & Digital Company’s groundbreaking, five-layer data-consent management platform, and XVRS, our own take on the metaverse,” CEO of ZeroPoint DC, Fabio Fontana, said.

“ZeroPoint DC will support these unique cognitive solutions, and others that follow in their footsteps, by providing fast, effective, high-capacity connectivity, computing power, and data storage.”

As NEOM enriches its “human-centric” strategy, it unveiled the world’s first end-to-end consent management platform, called M3LD.

Another revolutionary product it has rolled out is XVRS – a metaverse network blending the digital world with the physical environment.


Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding unveils $3.4bn investment program

Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding unveils $3.4bn investment program
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Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding unveils $3.4bn investment program

Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding unveils $3.4bn investment program

RIYADH: Kingdom Holding Co.unveiled its investment program worth SR12.8 billion ($3.4 billion), according to a bourse filing.

In June, the company announced that it completed its investment program during the period between the second quarter of 2020 and Q2 2022. The program invested in companies operating in diverse sectors with a proven track-record of growth and strong financial position.

The company’s total investments amounted to SR4.33 billion in 2020, SR3.75 billion in 2021 and SR4.73 billion in 2022.

 

 

 


UAE In-Focus — SWVL announces a $20m private placement; Dubai developer plans to raise $4.6bn loan

UAE In-Focus — SWVL announces a $20m private placement; Dubai developer plans to raise $4.6bn loan
Updated 14 August 2022

UAE In-Focus — SWVL announces a $20m private placement; Dubai developer plans to raise $4.6bn loan

UAE In-Focus — SWVL announces a $20m private placement; Dubai developer plans to raise $4.6bn loan

DUBAI: SWVL, Dubai-based mobility and transport solutions provider, announced on Wednesday that it had entered into a deal with US-based institutional investors to sell and buy over 12 million shares and securities for 73.4 million dirhams ($20 million) at 6.06 dirhams a share.

The sale of securities and private placement will take place on Friday, the statement said.

It said warrants issued under Series A and Series B will expire five and two years from the date of issuance, respectively.

The company will receive additional 110 million dirhams if the warrants are exercised during this period, it added.

Earlier this year, a special purpose acquisition company bought the transport startup.

Since its founding in Egypt in 2017, it has raised a total of 969 million dirhams.

Dubai developer plans to raise $4.6bn loan

The developer of Dubai’s artificial palm-shaped islands, Nakheel, plans to refinance existing debt by raising 17 billion dirhams ($4.6 billion), according to Bloomberg.

In addition to Dubai Islamic Bank and Emirates NBD, Mashreqbank is seeking financing from the company, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is confidential.

Aside from regional and global lenders, the banks arranging the loan are also asking them to participate.
 
Emaar reports $1.8bn in H1 revenues

Emaar Development had its highest property sales during the first half of 2022, supported by recent successful launches that will create value for years to come, according to Emirates News Agency, known as WAM.

Compared to 2021, real estate sales increased by 10 percent to 15.216 billion dirhams ($4.143 billion) in the first half of 2022, WAM said.

It added that the Emaar Properties-owned build-to-sell business launched 15 projects in different master plans during the first half of 2022.

The earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization at Emaar Development was 2.564 billion dirhams in the first half of 2022, up 15 percent from the same period in 2021, while revenue was 7.282 billion dirhams, WAM said.

Emaar now has a robust backlog of 32.753 billion dirhams, which will be recognized as future revenue for the company.

Over 3,100 residential units have been delivered by Emaar Development across prime locations, including Dubai Hills Estate, Dubai Creek Harbor, Downtown Dubai, Emaar Beachfront, Arabian Ranches, and Emaar South. 

Currently, Emaar is developing over 26,100 residences in the UAE, with more than 55,100 being delivered as of June 2022. 


Saudi Arabia’s Halwani Bros posts 65% decline in profits as inflation bites

Saudi Arabia’s Halwani Bros posts 65% decline in profits as inflation bites
Updated 14 August 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Halwani Bros posts 65% decline in profits as inflation bites

Saudi Arabia’s Halwani Bros posts 65% decline in profits as inflation bites

RIYADH: Saudi food manufacturer Halwani Bros Co. has reported a 65 percent drop in profit in the first half of the year, due to increased costs resulting from global inflation.

The company’s net profit fell to SR18 million ($5 million) compared to SR52 million in the same period last year, according to a bourse filing.

Halwani Bros attributed the lower profits to rising raw material costs and increased marketing costs due to global inflation.

The devaluation of the Egyptian currency also weighed on profits from its subsidiary in Egypt, it added.

Founded in 1952, Jeddah-based Halwani produces and distributes a wide range of food products in Saudi Arabia as well as around the world.


NRG Matters — UAE to hold 8th green economy summit in September; Egypt joins Power Reactors Information System database 

NRG Matters — UAE to hold 8th green economy summit in September; Egypt joins Power Reactors Information System database 
Updated 14 August 2022

NRG Matters — UAE to hold 8th green economy summit in September; Egypt joins Power Reactors Information System database 

NRG Matters — UAE to hold 8th green economy summit in September; Egypt joins Power Reactors Information System database 

RIYADH: The UAE will hold the eighth World Green Economy Summit at Dubai World Trade Centre in September, as the Gulf state prepares to host COP28 next year, Emirates News Agency reported. 

Alongside promoting a green economy, the WGES plays a key role in supporting UAE’s climate action efforts and its commitment to sustainability. 

It also reflects the country’s support for energy and climate change issues and developing sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, according to the statement. 

Egypt's nuclear power plant 

The International Atomic Energy Agency has officially included Egypt among the countries that have a nuclear plant under construction, according to the Nuclear Power Plants Authority. 

The country is now included in the Power Reactors Information System PRIS database, which focuses on nuclear power plants worldwide. 

This happens as Egypt started the construction of the El-Dabaa plant, located in the northwestern governorate of Marsa Matrouh, which aims to generate a total of 4,800MW via four reactors.

Through a micro lens

Oman’s Sur Industrial City, affiliated to the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates, has signed an over $40 million investment contract with Al Ghaith for Chemical Industries to establish a chemical plant on a 60,000 sq. m. site.

The project aims to promote the growth of chemical industries and supply the oil and gas, petrochemical and water treatment industries with basic chemicals and raw materials, according to Trade Arabia. 

Also, China’s CATL said it would build a €7.3 billion ($7.6 billion) battery plant in Hungary, Europe's largest so far, as the electric vehicle battery maker gears up to meet growing demand from global automakers.

The construction of the 100GW plant in the eastern Hungarian city of Debrecen, is the firm’s biggest overseas investment, according to Reuters. 

It would start this year after receiving approvals and should last no more than 64 months.


Egypt plans to issue $6bn in international bonds

Egypt plans to issue $6bn in international bonds
Updated 14 August 2022

Egypt plans to issue $6bn in international bonds

Egypt plans to issue $6bn in international bonds

RIYADH: Egypt plans to issue international bonds worth between $6 billion this year, according to what a government source told Asharq. 

In the 2022-2023 budget, Egypt plans to obtain external financing by about 146.4 billion Egyptian pounds, which means an increase in the volume of external financing by about 87 percent over last year.

Meanwhile, last March Egypt offered for the first time international bonds denominated in Japanese yen in the Japanese market, with a value of $500 million.