Over the past several decades, Dubai has been an attractive destination for expats due to its industrial growth and better quality of life.
The rise of the UAE as a regional hub for technology and the development of smart life in the country has also highlighted the city’s digital infrastructure.
The global giant Microsoft has set up data centers in the UAE and is also working to empower startups in Abu Dhabi.
While counterparts such as Amazon and Google are also rolling out services aimed at promoting local businesses.
But the best companies vying with each other to capture the Middle East market are now gathering to help develop a thousand new technology companies in the city in 5 years.
The initiative aims to bring in 100,000 programmers and support them through the expertise of Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, as well as Amazon cloud services, Cisco and IBM.
The project aims, which shoot it Vice President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to harness the minds of young people for the high-tech future of the city, which is rapidly evolving into a digital economy.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said on Twitter: The National Program for Programmers is a new step to build our digital economy within our new national plans. The world is changing, and the speed of digital change is multiplying, the shape of the economy is different, the nature of professions is changing, and survival is for the most prepared, fast and keeping pace with the new changes in our world.
He added in another tweet that the government is seeking to increase investment directed to startups from 1.5 billion to 4 billion dirhams.
Dubai wants 100,000 programmers
Programmers are invited from all over the world, in order to find 100,000 professionals who are the best at what they do. And they are granted golden residency in the UAE.
The program equips firmly talented people to formulate innovative solutions and hone skills in programming. After the final products are delivered, all industries and government agencies are encouraged to adopt applications and services for digital transformation.
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This in turn creates a cohesive network between programmers and companies as well as agencies. Further development can be allowed thanks to the rapid exchange of data.
The project – managed by the UAE Artificial Intelligence Office – seeks to attract the world’s leading programmers. This is so that they can work together to tackle 100 challenges in the administrative, economic and health technology sectors.
A series of 10 hackathons is also hosted to promote competition and creative thinking among these young minds.
Apart from the big tech names mentioned above. Other well-known brands have joined. Including Nvidia and LinkedIn to this push to enable digitization and job creation.
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