Google is adding a second cloud availability region in the Middle East, at Doha, to cater to demand from Qatar\u2019s government and enterprises in the region, it said on Friday.\nThe new cloud region will help the Qatari government achieve its Qatar National Vision 2030 plan to sustain development and provide a high standard of living for its people, according to Google Cloud\u2019s country manager for Qatar, Ghassan Kosta.\n\u201cThis new region is a strong step towards building regional capacity that meets the needs of the Qatari digital economy, from availability and data residency, to digital sovereignty and sustainability,\u201d Kosta wrote in a blog post.\nAt launch, the new region at Doha will offer Google Cloud services including Compute Engine, Cloud Run, Cloud SQL, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Spanner, among others, the company said.\nThe new region will offer three availability zones to provide more capacity and protection against disruptions, it added.\nAlthough the company claims that the data enter is open, a company portal listing the services currently available in the region, dubbed me-central1, shows no active services. The formal launch event for the region on May 22 coincides with the company\u2019s annual cloud summit, Google Cloud Next.\nGoogle\u2019s other cloud region in the middle east, me-west1, is in Tel Aviv. This too offers three availability zones for services including compute, storage, security, and AI. \u00a0\nThe addition of the Doha region takes Google Cloud\u2019s total cloud region count to 37, with 112 availability zones.\nCloud service providers expand footprint\nGoogle has been investing heavily into opening more cloud regions to compete with larger rivals such as AWS and Microsoft.\nIn October, Google had announced that it would open new regions across Austria, Greece, Norway, South Africa and Sweden to supplement new regions announced in August for\u00a0New Zealand,\u00a0Malaysia, Thailand and Mexico. \u00a0\nRival public cloud services providers, such as Microsoft and Oracle, also have revealed plans to expand their cloud region footprint.\nIn July 2022, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company would launch\u00a010 new cloud regions\u00a0over the following year.\nSimilarly, in June 2022, Oracle CEO Safra Catz said the company expected to add\u00a0another six regions\u00a0in the following year. It launched\u00a0two of these new sovereign regions\u00a0in the European Union the following month.\nAWS, too, has been expanding its footprint in the Asia Pacific region. In November last year it launched a second region in India, and in March it made a cloud region available in Malaysia.\nIn the Middle East, AWS has two cloud regions\u2014Bahrain and UAE\u2014each offering three availability zones.\nOracle has three regions in the Middle East, in Israel, Saudi Arabia and UAE.\nGoogle and Microsoft are expected to each add a new region in Saudi Arabia. Google\u2019s region will be based in Dammam, the company said.