A new project in the UAE will teach one million people computer coding for free. People will learn how to code apps and software. The UAE's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the project. It is called the One Million Arab Coders initiative. It will give young Arabs the skills to develop the digital economy. Sheikh Mohammad said it would create many jobs and let young people work in the global economy online, from their home.
The project will encourage young people in the Middle East to get into coding. Around 50 per cent of the Arab population is under 25 years old. Many want to start their own business. Sheikh Mohammad said the project will spread hope, create jobs and let young people, "successfully lead our region into the future". He added that: "Programming is the future." The top ten students will get $50,000 each. The top student will win $1 million.