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UAE Taps Tech GiantsGoogle and Amazon to Launch National Program for Coders

UAE Taps Tech GiantsGoogle and Amazon to Launch National Program for Coders

UAE launched the National Program for Coders, in collaboration with tech giants Google, Amazon, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Cisco, Nvidia, and Facebook, with the aim of training 100,000 young Emiratis within the field of computer programming within five years.

About The Program

The National Program for Coders intends to create a number of national initiatives for innovative projects, developing talents, and expertise in the field of coding, speeding up the adoption of its applications and tools in a range of economic and future sectors and developing a close link between coders and the academic, public, and private entities.

The program will act as a stepping stone towards the digital transformation of the UAE by engaging the local digital communities. The program further throws light on the UAE’s leading role in designing the future, embracing talents, academics, startups, entrepreneurs, global companies, and future investments globally.

The program will also grant golden visas to the best 100,000 coders worldwide, which will allow non-citizens to live, work, and study within the UAE, as well as run 10 ‘hackathon’ competitions, bringing together top-level coders to be a part of national efforts in developing an integrated technological system in the UAE.

Plans to Expand Digitization of The Economy

The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, disclosed the new agreement, announcing that this partnership is looking forward to setting up “1,000 tech companies that will go global.” Over the next five years, the UAE will further build up support for the initiative and the broadening tech sector by increasing investment in startups from its current level of $400 million to $1.5 billion.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is enthusiastic about the partnership as “the world is rapidly changing and the fast-growing digital economy will create new types of jobs” and they “have to be ready to speedily cope with the emerging trends. It is not the first time that the UAE is orienting itself towards a more tech-driven future. In 2017, Sheikh bin Rashid had launched a national campaign ‘One Million Arab Coders’ led by thinktank Dubai Future Foundation. It was designed to equip the country’s youth with the coding skills necessary to succeed in the future tech-based market.

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