Google Cloud Boasts Consistent Service Across Region, US

CEO of Google Cloud Thomas Kurian (Google)
CEO of Google Cloud Thomas Kurian (Google)
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Google Cloud Boasts Consistent Service Across Region, US

CEO of Google Cloud Thomas Kurian (Google)
CEO of Google Cloud Thomas Kurian (Google)

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the sidelines of the “Google Cloud Next ‘24” event in Las Vegas, affirmed that Google Cloud’s presence in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait sets it apart from its digital cloud competitors.

Kurian pointed out that the services offered by his company in those countries are the same as those provided in the US, ensuring global consistency and uniformity.

He noted that while some other service providers offer similar services, not all are available in these countries compared to Google Cloud.

Kurian emphasized that Google Cloud provides a “grocery store” of choices catering to the diverse needs of businesses, stressing that a one-size-fits-all artificial intelligence model won't suffice, as companies require a cloud platform offering multiple services to tailor to their specific needs.

Meanwhile, Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Thehaiban, the managing director of Google Cloud for the Middle East, Türkiye and Africa region (META), stated that artificial intelligence will revolutionize industries and businesses.

He highlighted that governments and organizations in the Middle East are reaping the full benefits of Google Cloud’s investments in artificial intelligence, particularly through its hubs in Dammam and Doha launched in May and November last year.



Maritime Disruptions Cast Shadow on Global Energy Security

A container ship passing through the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Official Website)
A container ship passing through the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Official Website)
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Maritime Disruptions Cast Shadow on Global Energy Security

A container ship passing through the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Official Website)
A container ship passing through the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Official Website)

As the world focuses on the Red Sea due to rising attacks on passing ships, experts warn of growing threats to the region's shipping lanes, which could impact global energy security.

Some link the disruptions to regional geopolitical changes, while others believe they are part of a planned strategy due to the area’s natural resources.

Recently, a commercial ship off Yemen’s coast issued a distress call after a missile attack.

This incident coincided with the first international conference on energy security through maritime safety kicking off in Cairo, organized by the Saif Bin Helal Center for Studies and Research in Energy Sciences.

The conference stressed that secure waterways are essential for energy exports and development.

“The region is unstable. Geostrategic, economic, and security challenges are mounting,” warned former Arab League Secretary-General and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa at the opening of the conference.

“Disruptions in maritime routes threaten the stability, sovereignty, and wealth of nations. These are broad challenges, not just Red Sea issues—they’re reshaping global interests,” he added.

With this warning, he highlighted the ongoing turmoil in the Suez Canal, Bab el-Mandeb, and the Black Sea.

Moussa also warned about the risks of alternative routes being studied by various countries.

“These routes will serve specific national interests, not the security of international trade,” he cautioned.

On his part, Former Egyptian Petroleum Minister Osama Kamal stressed the vital role of the region’s waterways, especially with Gulf nations being major energy players worldwide.

He pointed out that without energy, there can be no development.

As the conference continued, British security firm Ambrey reported that a merchant vessel off the Yemeni coast took on water and tilted to one side after being targeted with three missiles.

The vessel issued a distress call stating it had sustained damage to the cargo hold and was taking on water approximately 54 nautical miles southwest of Yemen’s Hodeidah, Ambrey added.