Dubai Future Foundation collaborates with 9 global firms under One Million Arab Coders initiative
The Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) has announced the signing of partnership agreements with several major international firms to support the One Million Arab Coders initiative launched in October last year.
The international firms that DFF signed partnership agreements with include Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, Careem, Consensys, Emirates NBD, UDACITY, and Barmej.com.
The signing ceremony was attended by UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deputy Managing Director of DFF Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, CEO of DFF Khalfan Belhoul, senior officials of partner companies, and a number of senior executives.
According to UAE Minister of State for AI and Deputy Managing Director of DFF Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, the One Million Arab Coders initiative launched reflects UAE’s enhanced investment in human capital and is part of its efforts to enable Arab youth to change global perceptions about their reality.
The One Million Arab Coders initiative supports the aspirations of the youth to stay abreast of global technological developments.
“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. We look forward to continuing our One Million Arab Coders journey in partnership with our private sector partners,” he added.
Under 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.
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.
Microsoft, Careem, and Emirates NBD will provide training and job opportunities for winners of the programme.
The One Million Arab Coders initiative is the largest programme of its kind.
It seeks to train one million young Arabs in computer programming, to empower and equip young Arabs with the tools and technical knowledge necessary for facing the challenges of the future. The goal is to open a wide range of career opportunities for young Arabs in the future and inspire a new generation of leaders in the digital economy.
As previously reported, the initiative consists of 3 stages implemented over two years. In January, DFF announced that more than 250,000 applicants have applied to compete for 100,000 seats on the first round of the programme. According to the press release, the initiative has attracted more than 750,000 applications from the Arab world since its inception. The applicants will be sorted into 8 annual rounds, with 4 academic courses each round on: (1) smart applications development, (2) website programming, (3) data analysis, and (4) smart website design.
Arab youth can apply for the programme online for free.