The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has launched the ‘National Programme for Coders’ which will introduce a series of national 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 and future-oriented sectors by promoting close links and interaction between coders and public and private organisations and academic entities.
The National Programme for Coders focuses on five key pillars:
- 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 featuring international trainers aimed at enhancing the efficiency of local talent;
- Attracting the best international coding professionals to the UAE;
- Recommending policies to foster the development of the coding sector in cooperation with various government entities.
The programme will also grant Golden Visas to 100,000 of the world’s best coders.
It will additionally 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.
The National Programme for Coders will develop partnerships with multiple public, private and academic entities and technology companies in the UAE and abroad.
This includes 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 and more.
Announcing the new initiative on Twitter, His Highness said,
We launched a national programme for coders with Google, Microsoft, Amazon AWS, Cisco, IBM, HPE, LinkedIn, Nvidia & Facebook with aims to train 100,000 coders, establish 1,000 tech companies that will go global, & increase start-up investments from AED1.5 billion to AED4 billion.
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) July 10, 2021