UAE real estate firm Damac is planning to develop a data center in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, as part of an expansion into the APAC digital infrastructure market.
Local news outlets this week reported that Fahmi Fadzil, Malaysia’s Minister of Communications and Digital, announced Damac would be investing RM250 million ($52.4m) in the Cyberjaya site.
“The proposed size of the land is approximately 1.21 hectares. Currently, Damac is evaluating Cyberjaya and CBD KL [Kuala Lumpur Central Business District] as options,” he said after meeting Damac Group founder and chairman Hussain Sajwani. Damac hasn’t made any official announcements yet.
The development would be Damac’s first data center outside the Middle East. Fahmi said Damac has also secured land in Indonesia and Thailand but didn’t provide details.
Part of the UAE property firm Damac Group, Edgnex (aka Damac Data Centres) is building facilities in Saudi Arabia in Dammam and Riyadh, which will deliver 55MW by 2025. The company is also planning a data center in Amman, Jordan.
Damac recently signed an agreement to build a data center and cable landing station at the new King Abdullah Economic City outside Jeddah in Saudi.
In Ireland, Edgnex was set to build a data center campus that could reach 70MW+, on a greenfield parcel of land bought jointly by Damac and Dataplex in Abbotstown, near Dublin. However, Dataplex has since liquidated after Eirgrid denied the company power contracts at two data center sites.