Saturday, 23 March 2019 12:42 GMT

UAE Vice-pres. launches 'One Million Arab Coders' initiative

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) DUBAI, Oct 24 (KUNA) -- Sheikh Mohammad Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has launched the One Million Arab Coders initiative, as part of the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, MBRGI, foundation.

The initiative seeks to equip young Arabs with the tools to build their future, starting with fluency in coding and programming. It will also provide Arabs with employment opportunities and empower them with the skills needed to contribute to the development of the digital economy.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Mohammad said, "Coding is the language of the modern era. Our goal is to teach it to one million young Arabs, in order to prepare them now for the requirements needed to excel in the future." He continued, "Coding will create many job opportunities for young people to compete for remotely; it will pave the way for them to participate in the global economy online, from home." He added, "This project is part of MBRGIآ's mission to spread hope in the region, create employment opportunities and give our youth the skills needed for them to successfully lead our region into the future. From the worldآ's leading companies to the global economy itself, programming is the future, and we will support one million young Arabs so they can be an active part of this economic opportunity." Sheikh Mohammad concluded, "We will not stop launching projects and initiatives to support our Arab communities because the stability of our region relies on it. MBRGI has launched over 1,400 projects and 33 institutions dedicated solely to spreading hope and building the future of the Arab world." The initiative, managed by the Dubai Future Foundation, aims to empower one million young Arabs in the Middle East by training them, enriching their knowledge, improving their skills, providing them with jobs in the modern tech sector, and increasing their expertise in advanced science. This initiative is the first step towards mastering coding, which will be crucial to meeting the requirements of the future digital economy.

It is part of Sheikh Mohammadآ's vision to revive the Arab civilisation, and spread hope in the region through innovative and positive change. Young Arabs, who make up the largest portion of Arab communities, are the main target of this initiative, which seeks to instill hope among them, and to invest in them so that they may build globally competitive communities on the solid pillars of knowledge and innovation.

In addition to providing unparalleled training opportunities for free to young people in the region, the One Million Arab Coders initiative will reward top students and tutors with incentives valued at over USD one million.

The One Million Arab Coders initiative will consist of three stages implemented over two years. The first stage includes registering to join one of two categories, Arab students or tutors, from across the word. This stage can be completed via registration online at

Stage two requires applicants to complete several three-month virtual coding programmes. The top 1,000 students will then be selected, will be awarded certificates, and will be enrolled in the Coder Challenge.

Stage three will involve the top 1,000 coders, who will compete in the Coder Challenge for the top spot. At the end, the top ten students will be announced with first-place winner receiving the grand prize of USD 1,000,000, and the remaining nine awarded USD 50,000 each. The top four tutors as voted for by the students, will win USD 200,000 each.

The platform provides a specialised and integrated curriculum in computer science and programming, consisting of three months of training courses in cooperation with the worldآ's leading educational institutions and international companies. (end) smr.ibi


UAE Vice-pres. launches 'One Million Arab Coders' initiative


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