Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) to support the graduates of the One Million Arab Coders initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to prepare a generation of technical experts by training one million Arab youth on programming, building their capacities to serve future needs, and contributing to the development of the digital economy; the economy of the future.
The MoU was signed by Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence and Deputy Managing Director of DFF, and Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of DAFZA.
The MoU aims to support software developers from the One Million Arab Coders program, through a range of projects and programs to encourage them to apply the skills they learnt. It also aims to provide a joint workspace for the 50 graduates to establish their own companies through the DAFZA Innovation Program, and provide facilities for entrepreneurs, such as issuance of licenses and visas, preparing halls for meetings, and organising events. DAFZA will organise annual events to strengthen relations between companies and graduates and open direct communication channels with them. The MoU also aims to provide graduates with job opportunities at institutions and companies located in DAFZA.
“Our partnership with DAFZA supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who launched this pioneering initiative to empower Arabs in language of the future and prepare the next generation of programmers, in the UAE and the region. The program develops their abilities, increases their expertise in advanced science, enriches their knowledge, and offers scientific training to help them master programming language to keep pace with the rapid changes in the labour market and the digital economy,” said Al Olama.
The One Million Arab Coders program witnessed the graduation of approximately 13,000 students in its first session. The program is one of DFF’s initiatives, in cooperation with the Hussain Sajwani – DAMAC Foundation, the strategic partner, and the supporting partners Udasity, Mostaqbal and Bayt.com. It aims to empower Arab youth by providing them with jobs in modern technologies, and preparing them with essential skills and knowledge.