Microsoft has invested $1.5 billion in G42,

artificial intelligence and cloud computing company based in Abu Dhabi,

AI development and build out the UAE's sovereign cloud capabilities

Microsoft will expand its data center presence in the UAE through a further partnership with Khazna Data Centers,

The solutions developed will allow UAE organizations to secure sensitive data

Microsoft and G42 will work on a number of joint projects in the coming months

The substantial investment comes amid some concerns from U.S. authorities that G42