In partnership with leading digital corporations such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, the UAE has launched a significant new initiative to promote talent, knowledge, and creativity in the field of coding.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stated the National Program for Coders would boost the country's digital economy.
It will promote close relations and interaction between programmers, public and private organizations, and academic institutions to expedite digital applications and technologies across diverse economic sectors.
The UAE Artificial Intelligence Office will oversee the program's implementation.
The National Program for Coders will seek to foster the growth of the digital economy in the country, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
It will seek to accelerate the adoption of digital applications and tools in various economic sectors by promoting close links and interaction between coders, public and private organizations, and academic entities.
"Today we launched the National Program for Coders in collaboration with Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), LinkedIn, Nvidia, and Facebook, with the aim of training and attracting 100,000 coders, establishing 1,000 digital companies within five years and increasing investment in startups from Dhs1.5bn to Dhs4bn," Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter.
"Our youth need to know that the future has new tools, speaks a different language, and adopts online work methodologies. We want them to be at the heart of this future. The National Program for Coders aims to engage local digital communities in the digital transformation of the UAE. It further highlights the UAE's leading role in designing the future, embracing talent, entrepreneurs, academics, startups, global companies, and future investments globally," Sheikh Mohammed said.
"We seek to attract the best international coders and provide them with the infrastructure needed to develop innovative ideas that serve the world. We aim to establish 1,000 startups in the field of the digital economy in the UAE within five years. We will support national coders in developing themselves into the best in the world. We will employ promising talent in the development of 10 platforms for supporting social and humanitarian projects in the UAE."