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UAE launches National Program for Coders; MENA funding rises 64%


Middle East AI News

July 15 · Issue #75 · View online

Middle East AI News is a weekly news digest covering artificial intelligence news from across the region.

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Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News!
I’m excited to share this week’s news of the UAE’s ‘National Program for Coders’, not just because it’s a great idea to incentivise coders and build national capacity, but because how it supports the many other initiatives that have already been set in motion.
The one criticism that I’ve heard over and over - in the past - about the UAE’s efforts to build a technology sector was that it was all too real estate-focused and not focused enough on building the right ecosystems. These days, there’s a breadth and depth of UAE tech initiatives. From government policy and regulation down, through to open data projects, startup incentives, efforts to shape the venture capital ecosystem, investment in R&D and programmes to attract, train and retain talent - one can see the tremendous amount of care and effort being taken to develop a tech sector that invents and innovates.
This week’s announcement to attract and train 100,000 coders in the UAE and offer 100,000 coders ‘Golden Visas’ looks particularly meaningful, when you consider the the other programmes already in place to develop and retain talent: the ongoing AI and digital training for government leaders; a surge in AI-focused university programmes in the UAE over the past five years; the scholarship-only AI university in Abu Dhabi (MBZUAI); and, of course, the One Million Arab Coders programme launched in 2017.
As I noted in an article in The National last year, it’s the new positioning of the UAE as an enabler, not simply a destination, that is going to serve the country well in the war for tech talent.
Scroll down for all the National Program for Coder’s stories and more!
Stay safe and have a great weekend!

UAE National Program for Coders
UAE 'National Program for Coders' aims to train 100,000 coders UAE 'National Program for Coders' aims to train 100,000 coders
UAE sets out plan to provide 100,000 golden visas for world's best coders
8 universities to train 20,000 students in UAE National Program for Coders
National Program for Coders and Emirates launch first Coders Club in UAE
Startup News
Funding to MENA startups rises 64 per cent to $1.2bn in first half of 2021
Egypt’s ShipBlu closes pre-seed round with funds from Saudi and San Francisco
Saudi Aramco VC arm invests in Chinese medical robot startup Fourier Intelligence
United Arab Emirates University and Daman sign MoU to focus on AI and Big Data research
Egypt adopts AI Singapore’s AI apprenticeship programme and 'AI for Everyone' to up-skill nation
SCAD and MBZUAI launch executive program to train leaders on data science & data analytics
‘Technology Business City’ approved by Kuwait's Youth Development Authority
KAUST uses AI to identify sites on Moon for landing and exploration
Space agency completes hi-tech survey of palm trees in Bahrain
300,000 cameras make Dubai 'one of the safest cities' in the world - Dubai Ruler
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