Amazon unit says to launch Bahrain office in January

Amazon Web Services sees opportunities in Gulf kingdom as it seeks to support entrepreneurs
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By Staff writer
Wed 07 Dec 2016 01:55 PM

A subsidiary of online retail giant Amazon has announced plans to set up an office in Bahrain early next year to support local businesses as they transition to Cloud services.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) said the office will open on January 1 in Manama and will support organisations of all sizes, from start-ups to government institutions, as they make the transition to the AWS Cloud. 

One of the goals of the office is to expand AWS Cloud training and global certification programs, and upskill citizens on the opportunity that AWS technology brings, a statement said.

Teresa Carlson, vice president Worldwide Public Sector, AWS, said: "Major opportunities exist for tech entrepreneurship in the Middle East. Middle Eastern organisations were among the earliest adopters of cloud services when AWS launched in 2006.

"The decision to open one of the first AWS offices in the Middle East, in Bahrain, speaks to the creativity, innovation, and forward thinking we see across all of the Bahrain economy from start-ups through to government institutions. We are excited to bring our team to Bahrain to help the country to grow its economy." 

Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive at the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) added: “The Bahrain EDB is committed to helping drive forward the development of a strong and supportive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship in the kingdom.

"This encompasses a number of areas, including access to finance, education initiatives and regulatory developments, but having the world’s leading cloud computing provider open an office in Bahrain will play a vital role. The AWS team will provide invaluable support to all Bahraini organizations as they move to the cloud.”

Amazon said it will continue its investment in, and expansion, across Europe, the Middle East and Africa after creating more than 10,000 new jobs in the region last year.

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