United Arab Emirates is starting new programme to teach people computer coding. One million people will receive free training to learn how to code apps and computer software. new initiative was launched by UAE's Prime Minister, and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is called One Million Arab Coders initiative. Sheikh Mohammad wants young Arabs in Middle East to have skills to develop digital economy in their countries. Sheikh Mohammad said: "Coding will create many job opportunities for young people to compete. It will pave way for them to participate in global economy online, from home."
new initiative will encourage large number of young people living in Middle East to get into coding. Studies show that 50 per cent of Arab population is under 25 years old, and that 40 per cent of these hope to own their own business within next five years. Sheikh Mohammad said: "This project is part of [our] mission to spread hope in region, create employment opportunities and give our youth the skills needed for them to successfully lead our region into future." He added that: "From the world's leading companies to global economy itself, programming is future." The top ten students will receive $50,000, while the top student will win $1 million prize.