Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications said the digital economy doubled the contribution to the UAE economy, reaching 9.7 per cent.
Coders HQ has launched 10 new initiatives, including the creation of an evaluation headquarters and an ambassador program.
Under the umbrella of the UAE’s National Programme for Coders that looks to create an ecosystem for coders, Coders HQ is aiming to increase the number of programmers in the UAE.
“Strengthening the programming community in the country is an important goal for Coders HQ. The initiatives put forward will help us understand the current state of the coder community, as well as what is required to build their capability, in order to empower them with required skills for future occupations,” said Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications.
As the UAE diversifies its economy, the country has launched a series of programmes to encourage coders and develop the ecosystem. Al Olama said that the digital economy doubled the contribution to the UAE economy, reaching 9.7 percent.
According to a statement: “The initiatives include the establishment of an evaluation headquarters; creation of an ambassador program; roll-out of a language programmer challenge; creation of a Tanzu-focused community; organisation of an “OpenHack” hackathon; and the use of LinkedIn statistics; the challenges initiative with Majid Al Futtaim; the collaboration between Emirates and Evaluation Headquarters nominating the coders into career opportunities; Global DevSlam specialised to empower more than 15,000 coders in the UAE.”
Helal Al Marri, Director General Dubai Economy & Tourism Department Dubai World Trade Centre Authority stated that Global DevSlam is working in partnership with Coders HQ to support the coders national program through attracting excellent coders internationally, empowering coders and supporting coding communities. Global DevSlam has strategic tools and abilities to embrace the efforts through connecting talented coders with the opportunities in the vibrant UAE hub.
“Update” platform witnessed the establishment of a set of partnerships between the programmer’s headquarters and agencies and companies that aim to strengthen the coders community in the UAE. The platform has inked partnerships with Dubai World Trade Center, Emirates, and Majid Al Futtaim Group.
“This year, we plan to release other specific Emirates business case initiatives under the Coders HQ initiative. In addition, Emirates plans to hire more than 500 IT professionals to increase the number of our talented coders and take part in supporting future projects. We’ve also tapped on our Aviation X-lab partnership to launch our own internal Emirates Group community to support and nurture anyone passionate about coding, regardless of their experience,” Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ chief operating officer said.