His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the ‘National Program for Coders’ a major new initiative to foster the growth of the digital economy. The landmark Program will introduce a series of initiatives to develop talent, expertise and innovation in the field of coding.
The initiative seeks to accelerate the adoption of digital applications and tools in various economic sectors, especially future-oriented industries, by promoting close links between coders and public, private and academic entities.
Announcing the new initiative on Twitter, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said: “Today we launched the National Program for Coders in collaboration with Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, IBM, 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 AED1.5 billion to AED4 billion”.
“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 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,” His Highness said.
The ‘National Program for Coders’ aims to support national initiatives and future strategies aimed at developing the capabilities of national talent, attract global digital skills, and build the infrastructure necessary to establish broader innovation-based companies. The Program also seeks to enable coding entrepreneurs, businesses and startups to support digital transformation in various key sectors. It also aims to provide opportunities for fostering cooperation between government and private sector entities in the UAE and abroad to implement promising ideas and turn them into comprehensive projects.
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His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications said: The launch of the National Program for Coders is another vital step in ensuring our future growth is driven by knowledge and innovation. The country’s leadership has always believed in the crucial role played by advanced technology in economic and social progress and has been committed to harnessing new value for the country, the region and the world from the latest advances through strategic initiatives. The UAE will always serve as a hub for the development of creative solutions for the world’s challenges. We will work closely with our partners and stakeholders to achieve the Program’s goals and create the most supportive environment for coders from around the world to develop their skills.”
The National Program for Coders focuses on five key pillars, which include: supporting coders, entrepreneurs, startups, large companies and the academic sector; developing a comprehensive platform for promoting engagement and linkages between coders and local companies and universities; launching global skill development initiatives led by international trainers aimed at enhancing local talent; attracting the best international coding professionals to the UAE, and recommending policies to foster the development of the coding sector in cooperation with various government entities.
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The Program will grant Golden Visas to 100,000 of the world’s best coders. It will also provide a range of financing options to entrepreneurs and coders, support the implementation of their innovative projects and ideas, and establish digital companies to promote the competitiveness of the national economy worldwide.
In its next phase, the Program will invite coders from around the world to find innovative solutions to 100 government, economic, technological, health and services challenges and help accelerate the adoption of modern technologies. The Program will also organise 10 hackathons, bringing together top-notch coders to support national efforts in developing an integrated system in the UAE based on the latest technologies.
The National Program for Coders will develop partnerships with multiple public, private and academic entities and technology companies in the UAE and abroad, including Google, Microsoft, IBM, LinkedIn, Facebook, Huawei, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Nvidia, Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Majid Al Futtaim, Dubai World Trade Centre, Emirates NBD, Group 42 (G42), Khalifa University, Higher Colleges of Technology, University of Sharjah, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), American University in Dubai (AUD), Le Wagon and Yalla.