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Huge turnout for ‘One Million Arab Coders’ contest

250,000 applicants step forward to compete for 100,000 open seats in programme’s first round

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Dubai: The Dubai Future Foundation’s (DFF) ‘One Million Arab Coders’ programme has witnessed an enormous turnout as more than 250,000 applicants stepped forward to compete for one of the 100,000 open seats on the programme’s first round.

Launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the programme seeks to help one million young Arab programmers hone their digital and coding skills.

The initiative has attracted more than 750,000 applications from the Arab world since its inception.

The applicants will be sorted into eight annual rounds, with four academic courses each round: smart applications development (35 per cent of the applications), website programming (33 per cent), data analysis (18 per cent) and smart website design (14 per cent).

DFF has sought to provide further support for the initiative, signing a partnership agreement with Bayt.com, said to be the largest platform for job seekers in the region.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, member of DFF’s board of trustees and its deputy managing director; and Rabea Ataya, founder and CEO of Bayt.com.

Al Olama said: “The ‘One Million Arab Coders’ is a landmark initiative to empower Arab youth and help them acquire the skills of the future. This embodies the vision of [Shaikh Mohammad] in developing the knowledge and skills of young people in the Arab region, keeping them up to speed with the rapidly changing demands of the labour market of the future, where programming is set to be at the core of every sector.”

He added: “With this partnership with Bayt.com, [DFF] is looking to broaden the horizons of employment for programmers, and provide an enabling environment for them to imagine and build their own future by mastering next-generation technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, cognitive and biological sciences, and programming.”

Bayt.com will work to provide a dedicated platform for programmers to find jobs, granting them access to consultation services and training opportunities for participants who have successfully passed the first phase of the One Million Arab Coders program and the Coders’ Challenge.

Ataya said: “We are proud to be partnering with the ‘One Million Arab Coders’ programme — the first initiative of its kind targeting Arab youth around the world. We are committed to playing our part and offering all the necessary support for their goals and aspirations, and look forward to collaborating with the Dubai Future Foundation to empower a generation of knowledgeable, qualified and future- ready Arab youth.”

The One Million Arab Coders is one of the initiatives that seeks to realise the UAE Centennial 2071 vision to put the UAE ahead of all other nations by supporting sustainable development, increasing the number of patents and supporting science and innovation.

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