Moro Hub and Huawei officials at the signing ceremony.

Moro Hub (Data Hub Integrated Solutions), a subsidiary of Digital Dewa, the digital arm of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has signed an agreement with Huawei to build the largest solar-powered Uptime Tier III-certified data centre in the Middle East and Africa at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The new sustainable, carbon-neutral green data centre uses 100 per cent renewable energy and has a capacity exceeding 100 megawatts (MW) and is the second solar-powered green data centre in Dubai launched by Moro Hub.

The deal was signed by Marwan Bin Haidar, Vice Chairman and Group CEO Digital Dewa, and Jerry Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE, in the presence of Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa, and Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East.

“The carbon-neutral centre supports Dubai’s efforts to exceed the goals of Dubai’s Carbon Abatement Strategy in reducing carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2021. Dubai has surpassed this target, reducing emissions by 22 per cent in 2019,” he noted.  “The new centre positions Moro Hub which also includes InfraX and DigitalX, as a leading contributor to the UAE’s circular economy, while significantly aids Dewa’s progress towards sustainable development.”

“The centre will offer digital products and services using Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, such as cloud services, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). Since the new green data centre is the largest in the Middle East and Africa, it will enable global hyper-scalers to access carbon-free computing. Moro Hub’s green data centre will help customers in their sustainability initiatives to reduce their carbon emissions and become carbon neutral,” added Al Tayer.

Mustapha Louni, Senior Vice-President, Middle East, Africa and Greater India, Uptime Institute, said: “Construction of the most sustainable Uptime Institute Tier III-certified data centre in the region will provide green leadership to the IT industry at large, and we are confident that this new facility will support the country’s sustainable economic growth for years to come.”