Dubai opens world’s largest solar-powered data centre
Dubai has inaugurated the largest solar-powered data centre in the world at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the emirate. The centre is operated by the Moro Hub, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa).
It is designed to provide next-generation services in the areas of digital transformation, cloud and hosting services, cybersecurity, smart cities, internet of things (IoT) services and professional and managed services, as well as Moro services supported by ChatGPT technology.
Recognised as the world’s largest solar-powered data centre by the Guinness World Records, the inauguration is also seen as another important step in raising UAE’s profile as a leading global player in advancing sustainability and the green economy. The centre provides a working model for combining digital and energy technologies to create an advanced green ICT infrastructure, powered by renewable energy.
The data centre also supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 to generate 100 per cent of its energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.
The centre was opened by Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, and the inauguration event also featured the signing of agreements between Moro Hub and its key technology partners and customers including Dell Technologies, Microsoft, Huawei, VMWare, Emirates NBD, Digital Dubai Authority, and Dubai Islamic Bank.
The centre uses latest developments in the area of internet of things (IoT), cybersecurity, digital twins, artificial intelligence (AI), cyber recovery-as-a-service, network-as-a-service as well as the Moro Open Cloud.