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Sohar Port and Free Zone inks deal for $210mn data centre

29 Jan 2024 Sohar Port and Free Zone inks deal for $210mn data centre By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – In a move towards enhancing the digital economy and technological innovation, Sohar Port and Free Zone (SOHAR) entered into a land lease agreement with Green Data City on Monday.

The collaboration involves establishing a US$210mn high-capacity data computing centre dedicated to hosting, processing and mining data in Sohar Free Zone.

The project marks a substantial step in the field of advanced technologies within Sohar Free Zone. The facility is set to house approximately 20,000 servers from leading manufacturers, housed in specially prepared 40-feet containers.

These containers will be equipped with dry cooling devices, ensuring sustainable and environmentally friendly cooling, crucial for effective data processing and other Internet computing operations, a press release stated.

Spread over 45,000sqm, the project is poised to be a vital resource for contemporary companies, offering essential infrastructure for data storage, processing and management. It represents a key step towards digital transformation, contributing to economic development and bolstering communication and information technology services in the region.

Oliver Ohnheiser, CEO of Green Data City, stressed on the significance of this collaboration, saying, “Our partnership with Sohar Free Zone is a strategic move for our company. Our infrastructure not only transforms SOHAR into a global hub for innovation but strategically reinforces our geographical diversification, adding significant value to our business footprint. This agreement reflects our commitment to pioneering solutions and ensures mutual success in the dynamic digital landscape.”

On the occasion, Omar bin Mahmoud al Mahrezi, CEO of Sohar Free Zone and Deputy CEO of Sohar Port, said, “This strategic alliance with Green Data City aligns with our goals to attract leading companies in data hosting, processing and mining. It underscores our continuous commitment to technological innovation leadership and significantly contributes to achieving economic diversification and sustainable development. This agreement is a testament to the free zone’s vital role in supporting Oman’s digital future.”

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