Dubai is a hub. Today, it’s the busiest airport on the planet and home to one of the world’s best airlines. In 2016, some 83-million people traveled through Dubai. Yeah, it’s huge. But what is it about this city that emerged from the desert that has made it such a hub for not only travel but connectivity? Location, location, location.
You might not think the desert is the most ideal place to connect to the rest of the world, but the Emirati’s saw it differently according to an article in the Economist about ‘super-connector airlines’. Smack dab in the middle of seemingly endless dunes, they built Dubai — knowing very well that a third of the world’s population lived within a 4-hour flight of the city, and another two-thirds within eight.
Now, millions of flights travel through Dubai on their way to the rest of the world. It’s that very same idea that spurred the creation of the United Arab Emirates Internet Exchange (UAE-IX) located in Dubai — a super-connected ISP and cloud provider hub.
It’s the largest internet exchange in the MENA region, and the vision is that more and more enterprises will route their regional traffic towards Dubai out of convenience, then reroute to their next or final destination. And with all the economic opportunity in the region, companies opening offices in the MENA region have fantastic connectivity options.
Just like the people making a connection in Dubai who will hop off a small plane and onto a bigger one, enterprises will consolidate small pipes to bigger ones in a bid for global connectivity at competitive rates. Dubai, quite literally, can connect you to the rest of the world.
With a headquarters in Dubai, Custom Connect also sees the economic advantages and opportunities for innovation that come from the city’s location. Dr. Hanif Hassan, Khanna, the author of Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilisation summed up some Dubai’s importance today very well during an interview with Gulf News. “Today, the difference between an important country and an unimportant country is not necessarily the size of its military or the size of its population but its degree of connectivity to the world and that is something Dubai has done.”
Interested in learning how we can connect your business through Dubai, or integrate your connectivity in the MENA region? Reach out to us, we’d love to discuss our solutions.