Tech giants Microsoft and Facebook will  be among firms training young people for work under the UAE’s One Million Arab Coders Initiative.

A number of major international companies signed the deal with The Dubai Future Foundation to support the initiative launched last year by Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The initiative is expected to position young Arabs for an industry that will generate thousands of jobs in the future.

Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, who attended the signing ceremony, said:

“The initiative also supports the aspirations of the youth to stay abreast of global technological developments. The international support and strategic partnerships this initiative has attracted highlights its importance and relevance. The initiative is also part of our efforts to prepare the new generation for the future by helping them gain advanced technology skills that allow them to widen their expertise and meet job market requirements. We look forward to continuing our One Million Arab Coders journey in partnership with our private sector partners.”

Young Arabs are welcome to apply for the free programme here.