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THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (MENA) DATA CENTER MARKET SIZE TO CROSS USD 5 BILLION BY 2026, GROWING AT A CAGR OF 8% DURING THE FORECAST PERIOD

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Data Center Market Size, Share, Trends Analysis Report by IT Infrastructure (Servers, Storage, and Network); Electrical Infrastructure (UPS Systems, Generators, Transfer Switches and Switchgears, PDUs, and Other Electrical Infrastructure); Mechanical Infrastructure (Cooling Systems (CRAC & CRAH Units, Chiller Units, Cooling Towers, Condensers, & Dry Coolers, and Other Cooling Units), Racks and Other Mechanical Infrastructure); Cooling Technique (Air-based Cooling and Liquid-based Cooling); General Construction (Core and Shell Development, Installation and Commissioning Services, Building & Engineering Design, Physical Security, and DCIM/BMS Solutions); Tier Standards (Tier I & II, Tier III, and Tier IV); and Geography (Middle East and North Africa), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast 2021–2026

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (MENA) DATA CENTER MARKET REPORT SCOPE

Report Attribute Details
Market Size (Investment) USD 5 BILLION (2026)
Market Size (Area) 960 THOUSAND SQ.FT (2026)
CAGR 8% (2021-2026)
Base Year 2020
Forecast Year 2021-2026
Market Segments IT Infrastructure (Servers, Storage, and Network); Electrical Infrastructure (UPS Systems, Generators, Transfer Switches and Switchgears, PDUs, and Other Electrical Infrastructure); Mechanical Infrastructure (Cooling Systems (CRAC & CRAH Units, Chiller Units, Cooling Towers, Condensers, & Dry Coolers, and Other Cooling Units), Racks and Other Mechanical Infrastructure); Cooling Technique (Air-based Cooling and Liquid-based Cooling); General Construction (Core and Shell Development, Installation and Commissioning Services, Building and Engineering Design, Physical Security, and DCIM/BMS); Tier Standards (Tier I & II, Tier III, and Tier IV);
Geographic Analysis Middle East and North Africa
Countries Covered UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, and Other Middle Eastern & African Countries

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (MENA) DATA CENTER INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) data center market size to cross USD 5 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period. The increased commercial 5G network deployment has led to the increased demand for high bandwidth internet in several Middle Eastern Tier II and Tier III cities. Edge data centers will create a decentralized data center model, where hyperscale facilities will connect multiple edge data centers. Saudi Arabia has been a leader in expanding its 5G networks, where telecom companies Zain, Saudi Telcom Company, and MOBILY are significant contributors to the market. Zain provides 5G access across 44 cities, followed by Saudi Telecom Company in 22 cities, and MOBILY in 21 cities. TAWAL, a Saudi ICT infrastructure company, has partnered with Nokia to provide turnkey services to expand and deploy 5G for TAWAL’s infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. Nokia’s 5G technology will be added in over 670 4G sites operated by TAWAL across Saudi Arabia. Nokia will also replace existing towers with newer ones in 2021. In January 2021, Zain deployed Phase II of its 5G deployment in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with Infovista, a network infrastructure company, and its radio planning portfolio. In the UAE, du, a major telecom operator, has partnered with Ericsson to transform its RAN 5G network using Ericsson’s Radio System portfolio. Also, Etisalat deployed 5G Fixed Network in homes in the UAE in September 2020. Hence, these deployments will continue to drive innovations in the data center power space, with increased modular infrastructure offerings. In North Africa, governments and telecom operators are working toward deploying 5G in the next few years. Huawei is collaborating with telecommunications companies such as Maroc Telecom, Orange, and Inwi, to roll out 5G network services in Morocco.

SNIPPETS

  • Government initiatives such as smart city development are likely to fuel the demand for data center services.
  • Telecommunication and colocation service operators dominate the Middle East data center market.
  • The Middle East & North Africa region is observing high investments in greenfield and modular data centers.
  • The contribution of traditional storage systems powered by HDDs is likely to decrease in the market.
  • The investment in servers was around 48% of the total investment in IT infrastructure in 2020, with all-flash and hybrid storage arrays dominating the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) data center market share.
  • Service operators adopt liquid-based cooling techniques to cool facilities due to hot and humid climatic conditions in the Middle East & North Africa.
  • The Middle East and North Africa Data Center market has witnessed high investments for efficient physical security systems due to increased cyberattacks and intrusions in the region.
  • Several facilities are likely to install dual-power feeds to overcome power fluctuation and outage challenges.
  • Tax incentives coupled with the increasing procurement of renewable energy sources are major growth contributors to the market.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA DATA CENTER MARKET SEGMENTATION

This research report includes a detailed segmentation by:

  • IT Infrastructure 
  • Electrical Infrastructure 
  • Mechanical Infrastructure
  • Cooling Systems
  • Cooling Technique   
  • General Construction    
  • Tier Standards 
  • Geography

INSIGHTS BY IT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) server market is witnessing growth due to the growth in data traffic. The demand for ODM servers is increasing in the market. Datacenter operators are adopting the IT infrastructure to match high-end data processing requirements. The server market is slowly shifting to blade servers to support a high-density operating environment due to the increased usage of IoT, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning by enterprises in the region.

The storage market has grown rapidly over the last five years. Storage technology will continue to improve by the capacity of storage and I/O operations rate. In the last few years, the demand for faster storage solutions has increased due to the high data generation from enterprises and end-users. The increasing usage of social media platforms in the region will lead to the development of new data centers for data storage, which increases the demand for high-capacity storage solutions. The trend of IoT to digitize the region and its increasing adoption will generate the data faster; hence, the need for faster storage drives is increasing in the region.

INSIGHTS BY ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

UPS systems are being widely adopted to provide backup power for cooling systems installed in the facility. The adoption of lithium-ion batteries is likely to increase during the forecast period as their price will decline. In the UAE, the market is observing the adoption of N+1 redundant UPS systems. Datacenter operators will increasingly use renewable energy to power facilities. Most facilities are equipped with up to 500 kVA UPS systems powered mostly by VRLA batteries with N+1 redundant configuration in Turkey. The market will witness the adoption of diesel generators and transfer switches & switchgear with minimum N+N redundancy across data centers. It is expected that the demand for monitored and metered PDUs will grow during the forecast period due to the need to reduce OPEX across data centers. In Morocco, facilities have adopted power generators (equipped with on-site fuel reserve), dedicated transformer stations, modular inverters, and modular distribution boards.

INSIGHTS BY MECHANICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The MENA data center market by mechanical infrastructure is expected to reach over USD 200 million by 2026. The adoption of cooling units highly depends on the IT load, rack density, and cooling systems design. Cooling systems and IT infrastructure are the predominant power consumers in data centers. Operators have adopted several innovations such as energy-efficient cooling infrastructure solutions to increase operational efficiency, reduce power consumption, and decrease carbon emissions. In terms of cooling systems, the use of free cooling techniques has grown significantly over the past few years across a few regions with favorable climatic conditions that can utilize evaporative/adiabatic coolers for cooling purposes. However, most facility developments in regions with tropical climatic conditions continue to use chilled water-based and air-cooled systems along with chiller units, cooling towers, dry coolers, condensers, and CRAC/CRAH units.

INSIGHTS BY COOLING SYSTEMS 

Most data centers in the region are designed to cool servers through water-based cooling techniques. The growing data center construction is a factor for adopting multiple chillers, cooling towers, and CRAH units. In Saudi Arabia, newly constructed facilities are likely to use advanced air-based cooling techniques because of the high temperature and less chance of availability of free cooling solutions. However, data centers that are built as part of commercial deployment include air-based cooling systems. The facilities in Turkey are adopting CRAC & CRAH units and chiller units. In terms of redundancy, most operators use N+1 and N+2 cooling redundancy for Tier III facilities. In addition, operators are likely to deploy dual-water feeds for efficient and uninterruptable operations.

INSIGHTS BY GENERAL CONSTRUCTION

Several global construction contractors offer their services in the MENA. Brownfield development is more cost-effective than greenfield development since the building is already built and only the installation needs to be done. Many facilities offer 24X7 onsite support, which includes security, maintenance, and smart hands teams. In addition, data centers are equipped with disaster recovery systems. Smaller facilities mainly dominate the Middle East and North Africa data center market with a power capacity of less than 15 MW. In the Middle East & North Africa, most facilities are operated by telecommunication operators. Therefore, various sensors and video cameras are installed for surveillance in the data center to secure the data. The market for physical security products has witnessed significant growth in recent years.

INSIGHTS BY TIER STANDARDS

Tier I and Tier II data centers have reduced significantly over the past five years because of the increased awareness of redundant infrastructure in the MENA region. A majority of under-developed projects across the Middle Eastern & North Africa region fall under the Tier III category. Most data centers in the UAE are certified as Tier III facilities. In Turkey, modern data centers are developed according to Tier III standards, with a minimum of N+1 redundancy in power infrastructure. A few facilities operate 2N power infrastructure or have provisioned additional capacity to commission 2N infrastructure solutions based on the customer’s demand. Tier IV facilities are mainly built by hyperscale developers such as Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Google are the major colocation providers worldwide. KKB Kredi Kayit Burosu A.S.’s KKB Anadolu Veri Merkezi data center is designed as per Tier IV standards.

INSIGHTS BY GEOGRAPHY

The UAE and Turkey account for the largest revenue contribution to the MENA data center market share. The adoption of cloud-based services leads to the growth of retail and wholesale colocation services in the region. The MENA data center colocation market is witnessing an increase in the demand for colocation spaces across existing and upcoming data centers. The rapid investment in 5G technology and its deployment leads to the generation of a substantial amount of data, further increasing investments in the facilities. The UAE is one of the growing markets for renewable energy products. The UAE works toward the installation of 42 GW of renewable energy in the country by 2050. Dubai aims to commission a five-part renewable energy project and is currently setting up an 800 MW solar park in the country. All these factors are likely to increase the demand for data center services in the country. Turkey is one of the emerging data center markets, wherein increasing digitization has become a significant driver for data center investment over the last few years. Most investments come from the telecommunications sector due to increasing smartphone users in the country. The market is evolving, and investments are expected to pick up during the forecast period, with contributions from local and global data center providers. Government initiatives, cloud services, and submarine cables will be the prominent drivers for investments in Turkey.

INSIGHTS BY VENDORS

The Middle East and North Africa data center market consists of a host of IT, electrical, & mechanical infrastructure providers and general contractors. The market is witnessing a massive increase in data usage by consumers using services offered by companies in the e-commerce, social media, and entertainment industries. Digital services provided by the BFSI and government sectors are also critical enablers for data growth in the market. In terms of electrical infrastructure, the data center market in the Middle East & North Africa witnessed increasing competition amongst the power infrastructure providers. Datacenter operators are looking to procure energy-efficient power infrastructure solutions.  Over the next few years, operators will consider adopting lithium-ion batteries, fuel cell technology, and intelligent PDUs to improve the facility's efficiency.

The MENA data center market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry analysis with revenue and forecast insights for the following segments:

By IT Infrastructure 

  • Servers
  • Storage
  • Network

By Electrical Infrastructure 

  • UPS Systems
  • Generators
  • Transfer Switches and Switchgears
  • PDUs
  • Other Electrical Infrastructures

By Mechanical Infrastructure

  • Cooling Systems
    • CRAC & CRAH Units
    • Chiller Units
    • Cooling Towers, Condensers, & Dry Coolers
    • Other Cooling Units
  • Racks
  • Others Mechanical Infrastructure

By Cooling Technique    

  • Air-based Cooling Technique
  • Liquid-based Cooling Technique

By General Construction    

  • Core and Shell Development
  • Installation and Commissioning Services
  • Building & Engineering Designs
  • Physical Security
  • DCIM/BMS

By Tier Standards 

  • Tier I & II
  • Tier III
  • Tier IV

By Geography

  • Middle East & North Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Turkey
    • Jordan
    • Morocco
    • Egypt
    • Other Middle East and North African Countries

Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle East and North Africa data center market by investment is likely to cross 5 billion by 2026.
The region witnessed the growing adoption of cloud, IoT, big data in the wake of the COVID-19, which increased the colocation investments in the region.
5G to grow edge data center investments, the growing procurement of renewable energy, the high adoption of all-flash storage solutions, and high growth in data center investments are the major drivers influencing the market growth.
The Middle East and North Africa data center market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 8% from 2020 to 2026.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Akbank, Batelco, Etisalat Group, Equinix, and Gulf Data Hub are a few significant data center investors in the market.
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