There are excellent web hosting solutions and providers all around the world, but one region that’s enjoying a spike in popularity is the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to industry experts, there has been a greater focus on both performance and security in the UAE, particularly in Dubai where web hosts are providing excellent service alongside superior customer service. The infrastructure in this part of the world is bar none, and especially excels at offering solutions to local UAE businesses. Compared to other web hosts in this part of the world, the UAE has surpassed them all with data centers designed to standards that are on par with the US and western countries that were previously data center powerhouses.
In the UAE, website owners can find great bandwidth, plenty of power and easy deployment along with a number of features. There are multi fiber links, battery backups, power feeds and generators dedicated solely to the UAE data centers. However, this kind of performance didn’t come out of thin air or solely because web hosts in the UAE decided to up the ante—they are responding to increasing customer demands. Like many countries improving their web hosting capabilities, the UAE realized that local businesses were depending on off-shore hosting and they wanted to win a piece of that pie back.
When Customers Demand the Best
The UAE is an anomaly, experiencing massive growth and a spike in wealth in the past few decades. As such, customers are demanding only the best, and they aren’t afraid to go offshore to find it. However, now that the UAE has stepped up their web hosting game, they are positioned to offer the best in service to their local businesses. Oftentimes, depending on offshore hosting can lead to subpar service since physical distance between host and website can certainly play a role in speed. Plus, for customers who want to be able to contact their hosts via phone (or during a reasonable time frame), it just makes sense to go with a local host.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Buzinessware Anoop Sharda says that choosing a local host is ultimately a better bet than going for big name US brands like GoDaddy—particularly if you’re local to the UAE yourself. “The number one consideration for business when hosting a website, application or database is location, as they need to put their product as close as possible to the user end,” Sharda explains. “Assuming an organization’s customers are based in the GCC, there are very clear reasons to embrace local hosting solutions.”
A Lesson from the UAE
Local hosting usually means more search engine visibility and faster speeds. Sharda explains, “Hosting a website locally allows it to run up to 30 times faster than internationally. This means your website loads faster for customers, allowing visitors to browse the site with greater ease, increasing visitor satisfaction and keeping your customer engaged for the full web experience.” The same is true of any country, including the US. Offshore hosting might seem like a great deal, but there’s more to choosing a host than price—particularly when there are so many affordable or free options at home.
The UAE also excels with local support and knowledge (of course), which international companies just can’t compete with. “International hosting companies lack important local knowledge. Based on the ground in the UAE, local providers understand the market and are able to provide insight, knowledge and full technical support that no international organization can match,” says Sharda.
That’s something which can make or break a business, particularly in the early stages of a startup. The market knowledge in the UAE is “very different to European and American markets, where the international companies usually operate and are based,” explains Sharda. Plus, many businesses have security concerns post-Sony and other high profile hackings. However, data staying in the UAE naturally improves data security via local laws.
All of these same perks apply to “local hosts” no matter what local means to you. The UAE is doing many things right and serves as a solid lesson for anyone looking for a web host.