The Digital Incubation Center (DIC) affiliated to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) announced its new partnership with Huawei, through its Huawei Cloud Startup Program, with the aim of accelerating the digital transformation process of tech startups in the MENA region.

The partnership comes in line with the strategic objectives of TASMU Smart Qatar Program to support the digital economy in the State of Qatar and Huawei's vision, empower emerging digital companies in the Middle East, and contribute to their expansion abroad.

Through this partnership, incubated startups at DIC will benefit from Huawei Cloud Startup Program services, including technical and operational support from Huawei experts and the funding support that can be used to purchase cloud resources from Huawei, such as cloud storage, cloud network, and cloud database, in addition to mentoring sessions provided by digital industry experts at Huawei and the global expansion program that will connect startups with accelerators and VCs in China and the rest of the world.

On this occasion, DIC’s Manager Duha Albuhendi said: "This partnership falls within MCIT’s and DIC’s strategic objectives to support Qatar's digital economy, which are also in line with Huawei's vision to help emerging digital startups in the Middle East region to expand and grow." Liam Zhao, Huawei's Gulf North CEO, said: "As Qatar's digital economy is rapidly evolving, cloud computing is now more important than ever, especially to enhance productivity and service quality. With the increasing dependency on cloud computing, emerging companies and SME owners will now be able to better understand and meet the demands of their clients, therefore grow their businesses and further contribute to the national economy. As Huawei Cloud is currently the fastest growing business around the world, we are proud to provide our global expertise in this field and support local startups within the Program, empowering them to meet the requirements of the digitally connected world." Huawei Cloud has emerged as an essential platform for internet companies and organisations to go digital. Now as the fastest-growing cloud services provider in the world, Huawei Cloud has attracted more than 2.6 million developers, 28,000 consulting partners, 9,000 technical partners, and has released 6,100 Marketplace products during five years since its launch. In the Middle East, Huawei Cloud offers more than 220 cloud services, 210 solutions, 19 data centres, over 200 local partners, and a growing list of more than 80 marketplace offerings.

The Digital Incubation Center (DIC) was created to boost ICT innovation in the State of Qatar.

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