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We’re excited to announce the launch of Azure Qatar. With the expanded availability of Azure Databricks, it is now easier than ever for organizations across the Middle East to leverage Databricks Data Intelligence Platform to unify data engineering, data science, machine learning, and analytics on Azure’s global, scalable, and elastic network.

The launch of Databricks infrastructure in the Azure Qatar Region will support the most innovative, forward-looking Qatari organizations such as Qatar Airways, as they leverage Azure Databricks to transform their businesses with data-driven applications and use cases.

This expansion builds off our broader relationships in Qatar. Earlier this month, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) invested in Databricks via the company’s Series I, which put the company at a $43B post-money valuation. The Series I funding will be used to accelerate the development of transformative AI technology, Gen AI research, and hiring AI data scientists and engineering talent.

“AI represents a profound technology shift, and our investment in Databricks reflects our belief in its platform, which is expertly able to unify data, analytics, and AI. This investment is aligned with QIA’s investment approach to invest in forward-looking, tech-led companies, many of which are building AI seamlessly into their product and offerings. We are pleased to be an investor in Databricks and look forward to a fruitful, long-term partnership as the company scales.” 

– Mohammed Al-Hardan, Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) investments at QIA

I’m thrilled about deepening our partnership with Microsoft in Qatar and ensuring our customers have the best possible experience whilst adopting the Databricks Data Intelligence Platform! Launching Databricks infrastructure in Qatar is a crucial step in our Microsoft partnership for 2023 and beyond.

To learn more about this new launch, join us for an in-person event with Microsoft on Dec 13. You’ll be able to register soon here.

You can also reach out to me directly at richard.wylie [at] databricks [dot] com with any questions!

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