Rapid growth of regional opportunities in cloud technology

Cloud traffic is growing faster in MENA than anywhere else in the world. As the first Gulf country to adopt a nation-wide ‘cloud-first’ policy, Bahrain is ideally placed to take advantage of the opportunities this trend is creating in areas such as business services outsourcing, cybersecurity, digital entertainment and e-commerce.

USD 2.2bn

Value of MENA cloud market funds is expected to reach USD $5bn by 2022
(IDC)

35%

Annual growth rate cloud data centre traffic in MENA, the highest growth rate in the world
(Cisco)

83%

Of regional traffic is projected to be consumed by cloud services
(Cisco)

Cloud-First Policy

How is cloud computing enabling businesses to achieve success? Cloud services present new opportunities for innovation, scalability and cost savings globally. Bahrain is committed to promoting and adopting a forward-thinking approach to data and cloud computing services with our Cloud-First Policy across both the public and private sectors.

Four fundamental pillars

Our Cloud-First Policy is based on four fundamental pillars of cloud computing: Adoption of public clouds; a preference for cloud IAAS & SAAS across government IT; training options for Bahrainis seeking to acquire cloud skills; and grant credit support for businesses transitioning into the cloud.

Testbed opportunity

With our Cloud-First Policy and business-friendly environment, Bahrain is the perfect testbed for cloud infrastructure companies to launch innovative products across the region. By 2021, the MENA region is expected to have the highest cloud traffic growth rate at 35% CAGR (Cisco).

Ready to support cloud computing business opportunites

Business ready

MENA’s IT spending is expected to grow 3.4% in 2019 to reach $155.3bn, with software leading a 12.7% growth and IT services at 4.5% growth. (Gartner)
Revenue from Cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure is forecasted to continue growing at an annual rate of 12% over the 10 year period to reach USD $1.5bn by 2023. (Visiongain)

Global connectivity

Bahrain lands 6 terrestrial and submarine cables (FOG, FALCON, GBI, TGN-Gulf, KFC, and GCCIA), and offers redundancy routes to Europe and the Far East that help maintain a competitive advantage in e-business services. Further cables are under development. Licensing for additional stations and cables into Bahrain is available for investors.

Cloud educational programmes

With the cloud playing an important strategic role in the development of our digital ecosystem, Bahrain has also invested in a number of key educational and training initiatives to equip graduates with the specific skills demanded by employers in a cloud-first economy.

World class regulation

Alongside its Cloud-First Policy, Bahrain is built on a strong regulatory framework that is always evolving to the needs of businesses, most recently to include the provision of cloud computing services to foreign parties and innovative data jurisdiction.

Who’s Here:

These companies are already enjoying the opportunities within Bahrain’s cloud computing sector.

Additional resources

A compilation of ICT sector resources and data to download and read at your convenience.

Data Centres Fact sheet

An overview and factsheet on the Data Centres in Bahrain, outlining why Bahrain is your next opportunity.

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Get in touch

Want to learn more about cloud computing business opportunities and services for your company in Bahrain? Our management team at BahrainEDB is well versed in cloud computing services and investment as well as other aspects of cloud tech software, platforms, applications and services.

Khaled Abdulla

Senior Executive

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