Devoteam supporting digital transformation in KSA with Google Cloud

16 November 2023 3 min. read

Hot on the heels of Google Cloud’s domestic data center launch in Saudi Arabia, Devoteam has announced that its award-winning Google Cloud team is ready to provide guidance and support.

At a launch event yesterday, Google Cloud officially announced the opening of its new cloud region in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. This sees Saudi Arabia now become one of Google Cloud’s dedicated regions around the world, alongside 38 other locations.

Google Cloud chief executive Thomas Kurian said at the event that the establishment of local Google Cloud data centres will enable both public and private sector organisations to “make the most of their data, leverage generative AI solutions, and create a culture of innovation underpinned by a modern, sustainable infrastructure with built-in security.”

Devoteam supporting digital transformation in KSA with Google Cloud

The new cloud region is anticipated to contribute a cumulative $109 billion to the Saudi economy between 2024 and 2030, with potential economic effects supporting the creation of 148,600 jobs by 2030, according to an economic impact study commission by Google Cloud.

Bader Al Madi, Saudi Arabia Country Manager at Google Cloud, said: “We aim to support the digital empowerment of every business, and every individual in Saudi Arabia. By providing accessibility to cloud technologies to the Saudi market, we are actively paving the path for the kingdom’s digital transformation using the latest digital technologies to optimise business processes and customer experiences to meet rapidly-changing business and market dynamics.”


One of Google Cloud’s top partners across the EMEA region, Devoteam actively participated in and was one of the sponsors of the launch event. The firm is a Google Cloud partner in more than 20 countries around the world, and was named Google Cloud Sales Partner of the Year for EMEA (which includes the Middle East) every year since 2018.

With over 600 Google Cloud experts among its 10,000+ headcount, Osama al Ghoul, Executive Vice President of Devoteam and Managing Partner in the Middle East, said that the firm is ideally positioned to help organisations in Saudi Arabia tap into the benefits of moving their cloud (or legacy on-premise) operations to the local centres in Damman.

Al Ghoul: “Our sponsorship and active involvement in the new cloud region launch arises from our belief in its significance to the digital transformation of the Kingdom, in addition it is geared to provide positive impact to our clients and will now have the opportunity to leverage and incorporate full cloud services or hybrid cloud services in their ecosystem and equip emerging platforms to accelerate their digital transformation.”

The Devoteam executive also expressed his excitement on the possibilities which the new Saudi cloud region can offer to high-computing solutions such as artificial intelligence solutions and machine learning, and to data privacy and security.

On the latter matter, both Kurian and Al Madi emphasized during the launch event that Google Cloud has worked closely with Saudi Arabia’s government to ensure full compliance with regulatory and security requirements. “Our cloud meets the sovereignty, privacy needs of the region in terms of regulation,” they said.

“Moving to Google Cloud will give organisations of all sizes the ability to move faster, be more agile, reduce operational cost and innovate their businesses while making sure their data is secured and running locally in the kingdom. In addition, cloud solutions provide the infrastructure to unleash the full potential of the emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things and many more,” said Al Ghoul.

Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, Devoteam’s work with Google technology is part of its mission to advance the digital empowerment journey across various sectors in the Kingdom, in line with the objectives of Vision 2030.