UAE Economy Could Save Over Dh132 Million Annually by Switching to Local Web Hosting Options


Dubai companies are losing an estimated Dh132 million annually by hosting their websites with offshore providers rather than locally in the UAE.



Dubai companies are losing an estimated Dh132 million annually by hosting their websites with offshore providers rather than locally in the UAE.

Of an estimated 335,450 companies in the UAE, 91 per cent of these are known to host offshore, at an average cost of Dh800 annually, while local hosting packages are priced at Dh365 for the same service and data allowance.

The data is the result of industry research by Buzinessware, the Dubai-based cloud specialist company connected with both UAE ISPs - Du & Etisalat and multiple international carriers.

“We knew there were many incentives for UAE-based companies to host their websites and internet activities locally, but the huge amount of money that is being wasted paying offshore providers for a service that is better and more efficiently provided locally was a huge surprise,” said Buzinessware CTO Anoop Sharda.

As part of the research, a survey asked a sample of IT managers and business owners how much they currently spend on their web hosting, with responses varying from Dh300 per year to Dh2000 per year, with the average price paid being Dh800 annually. For comparison, Buzinessware offers local hosting packages at Dh365 per year, offering a saving of Dh435 per year to businesses that opt for the local hosting option.

“Multiply those savings by business and organisations across the country – not just those registered with Dubai Chamber, and you’re looking at potential savings of billions of dirhams to the UAE economy, not to mention the macro-economic effects of increased employment and servicing local web hosting contributes to the economy.”

Only nine per cent of UAE-based companies host their online content locally.

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