Dubai-ALSHARQIYA July 12: The Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced on Saturday the launch of a national program for programmers, in cooperation with major international companies, with the aim of training tens of thousands of programmers and establishing hundreds of digital companies in the coming years.
Sheikh revealed in a tweet on Twitter that the program will be in cooperation with a number of major companies, including Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, IBM, Linkedin and Facebook.
The ruler of Dubai stressed that the program aims to "train and attract 100,000 programmers and establish a thousand major digital companies within 5 years."
He added that his government is seeking to "increase investment directed at startups from 1.5 billion to 4 billion dirhams."
In another tweet, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, "The National Program for Programmers is a new step to build our digital economy within our new national plans. The world is changing.. The speed of digital change is multiplying.. The shape of the economy will be different.. the nature of professions will change.. and survival will be for the most prepared and speedy." and keeping pace with the new changes in our world.
This announcement reflects the interest of Gulf countries in attracting global technology giants in order to develop the capabilities of their youth, especially in the field of software.
This week, Apple chose the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to be the first headquarters for its developer academy, in a move the company is taking for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, "SPA", the first phase of operating the academy will focus on female programmers and developers, in support of women's empowerment efforts.
Apple is establishing its academy in partnership with the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones, represented by Tuwaiq Academy, in cooperation with Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University.