Microsoft added Qatar to its list of live Datacenter regions this week

Kareem Anderson

Another Microsoft datacenter gets a new home in Doha, Qatar this week.

Microsoft briefly announced the launch of its newest data center region in Qatar via its Azure blog earlier this week. According to the post, the new Qatar region will include Azure Availability Zones.

With Microsoft including its AA Zones, its datacenters in the Qatar region will have an added layer of redundancy built in thanks in part to the design of independent power, network, tolerance and cooling to support potential failures.

Microsoft’s Qatar datacenter project dates back to late 2019 and has undergone several setbacks which pushed its final launch to this week instead of the originally proposed 2021 timeframe.

The launch of the datacenters follows another Microsoft investment in the area that includes a new office in Burj Al Fardan in Lusail City which was given a media tour back in June of 2022.

While it’s only been a couple of days since the datacenter has launched, Microsoft believes bigger things will soon follow its opening that include a potential of 24,000 new jobs joining the Qatar economy, 15,000 reskilled people positioned for tech jobs each year with stated goal of 50,000 over five years according to Microsoft Qatar GM Lana Khalaf.