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Global tech firms sign up to train Arab coders in UAE

Microsoft, Oracle and SAP have reportedly been signed as partners of the Dubai Future Foundation to support the One Million Arab Coders initiative.

Launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, the programme seeks to help one million young Arab programmers hone their digital and coding skills.

The Foundation also signed agreements with Facebook, Careem, Consensys, Emirates NBD, Udacity and Barmej.com.

The signing ceremony was attended by Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence and Deputy Managing Director of DFF, Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of DFF, senior officials and executives of partner companies.

“The One Million Arab Coders initiative reflects our enhanced investment in human capital and is part of our efforts to enable Arab youth to change global perceptions about their reality. The Initiative also supports the aspirations of the youth to stay abreast of global technological developments,” said Al Olama.

The UAE AI minister also highlighted that the international support and strategic partnerships this initiative has attracted highlights its importance and relevance. “The initiative is also part of our efforts to prepare the new generation for the future by helping them gain advanced technology skills that allow them to widen their expertise and meet job market requirements,” he stated.

“We look forward to continuing our One Million Arab Coders journey in partnership with our private sector partners,” he added.

As part of the partnership agreement, Oracle, Microsoft and SAP, will provide training opportunities to participants who qualify for the advanced rounds of the programme, in addition to an internationally recognised certificate, said the statement from DFF.

Consensys and Coded will provide internship opportunities for participants in the category of trainer, along with international certification that will enable them to train youth in coding.

Facebook will provide infrastructure services as well as training and e-marketing, in addition to support for 100 participants to launch start-up projects, it stated.

Microsoft, Careem, and Emirates NBD will provide training and job opportunities for winners of the programme.

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