Sheikh Mohammed declares October 29 as a day to honor coders and programmers

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, vice president and ruler of Dubai, has declared October 29 a day honoring coders and programmers, the Dubai media office said on Monday.

It will be a celebration of the role these professionals play in advancing the information technology sector in the UAE.

The initiative also aims to strengthen the national program for coders.

The program – announced this year and run in cooperation with companies such as Google and Amazon – will attract and train 100,000 programmers and create 1,000 large digital businesses within five years.

It will also grant golden visas to 100,000 of the world’s top coders.

“We want to honor the contributions of coders and programmers so that we can encourage future generations of tech professionals to participate in building the future of the UAE,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

This date marks the launch of Dubai’s first electronic government 20 years ago.

Sheikh Mohammed, meanwhile, has long supported coding education.

One Million Arab Coders was launched in 2017 to equip one million young people with the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.

In July, Sheikh Mohammed announced a new challenge, allowing graduates of the One Million Arab Coders program to compete for the title of “best coder” in the Arab world.

The One Million Arab Coders Challenge offers a grand prize of $1 million, and the winner will be announced within the next six months.

Updated: October 04, 2021, 6:10 p.m.

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