Oracle says to open new UAE data centre, add 250 staff

US technology giant Oracle has announced plans to open a new Cloud data centre in Abu Dhabi in a bid to keep pace with growing customer demand.

The company said in a statement that the new Abu Dhabi centre will enable Oracle to better deliver high performance Cloud computing services to customers throughout the UAE.

Oracle also announced plans to continue increasing its workforce throughout the region by hiring more than 250 sales professionals.

The move comes as the company has more than doubled its workforce in the Middle East in the past three years.

"As companies turn to cloud computing to modernise their business and drive innovation, we are seeing significant demand for Oracle Cloud - in the Middle East and around the world," said Loic Le Guisquet, president, EMEA and APAC, Oracle.

"We are investing in the infrastructure to support this demand by hiring new, top sales talent and by building new data centres. The Middle East is an important region for us and we will continue to invest here."

Over the past three years, Oracle's presence in the UAE has dramatically increased and during 2016 it plans to open new offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai Internet City, Amman and Riyadh.

"We have doubled the size of our Oracle workforce in the United Arab Emirates over the past three years," said Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, senior vice president, Oracle Middle East, Central Asia, North and South Africa.

"This latest recruitment initiative will support the needs of rapidly growing businesses in the region that are embracing the agility and scalability that Oracle Cloud delivers."

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