Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 May 2024 – World Wide Technology (WWT) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NXT Global to build and deliver the UAE's first AI Integration Center. This one-of-a-kind Integration Center will support the UAE in becoming a virtual and physical exporter of plug-and-play cutting-edge AI infrastructure to the world, made in Abu Dhabi. The strategic partnership will be known in region as WWT NXT Global. 

Located in Masdar City, one of the world's most sustainable urban developments and Abu Dhabi's burgeoning technology district, the new AI Integration Center and AI Proving Ground will be the world's first sustainable of its kind. It will push the envelope of AI and deliver on the UAE's existing AI capabilities to include the full stack of technological leadership to build the UAE's economy of the future. The AI Integration Center and AI Proving Ground will be in full alignment with the recently created Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology Council chaired by His Highness Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

WWT NXT Global will become a part of the 4 million+ square feet of physical warehouse and integration space of WWT's global ecosystem, which spans multiple continents. It provides critical AI infrastructure services to 80 of the Fortune 100 delivering state-of-the-art Nvidia, AMD, HPE, Intel, Cisco, Dell, and other leading US OEM solutions and is the tech and AI Proving Ground for the world's leading Hyperscalers. 

At the Masdar City facility, WWT NXT Global will design, build, integrate and deliver end-to-end full stack cutting-edge AI technology stacks utilising WWT's ecosystem of the globally leading US strategic OEMs in AI, Cyber Security, IT Infrastructure and Networks.  It will act as a catalyst of empowering the UAE to increase AI deployment by up to 75 percent while decreasing AI engineering cost by up to 50 percent. This will elevate the UAE's flagship AI programmes and key strategic initiatives to new levels, supporting Emirates-made production and a local knowledge-based economy. WWT NXT Global will cement Abu Dhabi and the UAE's current global AI leadership position. It will also provide the backdrop to be a leader and pioneer of AI in the future ensuring Abu Dhabi will be the global top AI destination.

This strategic move underscores WWT NXT Global's commitment to supporting Abu Dhabi and the UAE's ambitious AI initiatives and vision for technological advancement. By embedding world-leading subject matter expertise and ecosystem, a local Center of Excellence and Knowledge for global leading End-to-End AI Infrastructure will be created. It will provide state-of-the-art solutions and services to enhance the capabilities of local economy and global leaders.

Key Objectives of the WWT NXT Global Integration Center:

  1. Elevate AI Ambitions: Align with the UAE's National AI Strategy by fostering innovation and implementation of AI technologies across various sectors through Emirates-made End-to-End AI infrastructure services.
  2. Enhancing Digital Transformation: Provide tailored solutions to accelerate the digital transformation journeys of UAE enterprises making international centre of excellency.
  3. Building Local Expertise: Facilitate knowledge transfer and skill development among local IT professionals through training programs and workshops.
  4. Collaboration and Innovation: Foster a collaborative environment where enterprises can work together on groundbreaking AI projects and initiatives.

"We are thrilled to launch our AI Integration Center here in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi," said H.E. Nasser Ahmed Khalifa Ahmed Al Sowaidi, Chair of NXT Global. "Our goal is to support the UAE's vision of becoming a global leader and net exporter of AI by providing the infrastructure, expertise, and innovative solutions needed to drive significant advancements.

The Center will also serve as a hub for research and development, promoting collaboration with local universities, government agencies, and private enterprises to spearhead AI innovation. WWT NXT Global is dedicated to contributing to the UAE's goal of creating a knowledge-based economy that is resilient, diversified, and future-ready."

"Firstly, I am especially delighted to be building our new Integration Center in Masdar City making it the most sustainable Integration Center globally. Secondly, I am confident that our partnership with NXT Global will elevate the bold AI ambitions of Abu Dhabi and the UAE and we are proud that we will play a part in changing the world and striving for excellence in AI," said Omar Mir International Board Member WWT.

Ambassador of the UAE to the US, H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba, added: "I am delighted with the creation of WWT NXT Global, which ensures that there is a continuous flow of AI Innovation from End-to-End between the US and the UAE. Together with the recent Microsoft and G42 announcement, this adds another key pillar of a new and improved partnership between both of our countries." 

Mohamed Al Breiki, Masdar City's Executive Director for Sustainable Development added, "By choosing Masdar City as their base, both WWT and NXT Global underscore our mission to foster collaborative ecosystems that drive innovation and support the growth of the UAE's AI industry. With state-of-the-art facilities, advanced research opportunities, and a vibrant community of innovators, Masdar City is at the forefront of sustainable growth and we are proud of attracting such forward-thinking enterprises."


About WWT
Founded in 1990, World Wide Technology (WWT), a global technology solutions provider leading the AI and Digital Revolution, with $20 billion in annual revenue, combines the power of strategy, execution and partnership to accelerate digital transformational outcomes for large public and private organizations around the world. Through its Advanced Technology Center, a collaborative ecosystem of the world's most advanced hardware and software solutions, WWT helps customers and partners conceptualize, test and validate innovative technology solutions for the best business outcomes and then deploys them at scale through its global warehousing, distribution and integration capabilities. 

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