Cloud computing & AI in MENA: The next big game changers

Regional Views
Cloud computing

Cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) appear to have defied gravity during the COVID-19 pandemic and have become forces to be reckoned with in the MENA region. This week, we delve deeper into these services, focusing on:

  • The high post-pandemic demand for cloud computing and AI, building on the boost they enjoyed throughout last year’s lockdowns.
  • The impact of greater government participation in accelerating digitalisation and expediting higher IT spending, particularly true with regard to the GCC and its rapid shift to data-driven hub economies.
  • The increasing implementation of specific regulations for cloud computing governance in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.


Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist

Ghalia Al Bajali, Analyst

The Regional Views series are thematic papers aimed at identifying and analysing factors behind medium to long-term economic trends shaping the region. Our analysis draws conclusions that help businesses and investors get ahead of the curve. As a firm staffed by Middle Easterners, we focus on insight rather than standard analysis.

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