Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has announced the launch of two Amazon CloudFront Edge locations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located in Dubai and Fujairah, the new Edge locations bring the full suite of benefits provided by Amazon CloudFront including deep integration with compute and security services like Lambda@Edge, AWS Shield, and AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF).
The new Edge locations give customers in the region an improved experience for their end users, including faster content delivery and added cybersecurity protection. Amazon CloudFront now has a global network of 138 Points of Presence (including 127 Edge Locations and 11 Regional Edge Caches) in 63 cities across 29 countries.
In addition to the new Amazon CloudFront Edge locations, AWS also launched AWS Direct Connect in Dubai in August. AWS Direct Connect makes it easy for customers to establish a dedicated private network connection between AWS and their datacenter, office, or colocation environment. With AWS Direct Connect, customers can connect to all their AWS resources in any global AWS Region and transfer their business critical data directly between their premises and AWS.
“We are thrilled to continue expanding our presence in the Middle East and to be bringing even more advanced cloud technologies to customers in the UAE,” said Andy Isherwood, AWS Vice President and Managing Director EMEA. “The Middle East is an important region for AWS and the UAE is a key hub for many of the Middle East’s most innovative start-ups and enterprises. We look forward to further supporting these organizations with our new Edge location infrastructure as they accelerate their cloud adoption.”
Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment.
Many organizations are welcoming the launch, including Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC Group). MBC Group is the largest media company in the Middle East and delivers premium content to over 150 million people across the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) region. Adriaan Bloem, Senior Manager Online Platforms, MBC Group said of the news, “We have been using AWS extensively for our digital properties including SHAHID.net, MBC.net, and GOBOZ, MBC’s Video on Demand service for kids. With the availability of these local Amazon CloudFront locations, we acquire better ways to manage our costs and gain a tremendous amount of flexibility – thus being able to offer an even better experience for our end-users.“
Also welcoming the launch of AWS Edge locations in UAE is Anghami, the number one music platform in the MENA region. Anghami today has over 50 million users and offers instant access to over 26 million songs. Elie Habib, Co-Founder and CTO at Anghami said of the launch, “We are very excited by the opportunities that the new AWS Edge locations will bring to our service, particularly being able to cope with dramatic peaks in traffic. For example, we see peaks of usage at night, in the morning, and especially when new music is released, which can mean a 300 percent increase in traffic. Having a local Edge location allows us to better cope with these fluctuations. Not having to worry about latency issues or data transfer speeds, because Amazon CloudFront is delivering our performance needs, frees us up to innovate in new ways for users to interact with the app, from anywhere in the world.”