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The United Arab Emirates is starting a programme to teach people computer coding. One people will receive training to learn how to code apps and computer . The new initiative was launched by the UAE's Prime Minister, and of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is called the One Million Arab Coders initiative. Sheikh Mohammad wants Arabs in the Middle East to have the to develop the digital in their countries. Sheikh Mohammad said: "Coding will create many opportunities for young people to compete. It will pave the way for them to participate in the global economy online, from ."

The new initiative will encourage the large of young people living in the Middle East to get into coding. Studies show that 50 per cent of the Arab is under 25 years old, and that 40 per cent of these hope to own their business within the next five years. Sheikh Mohammad said: "This project is of [our] mission to spread hope in the , create employment opportunities and give our the skills needed for them to successfully lead our region into the future." He added that: "From the world's leading companies to the economy itself, programming is the ." The ten students will receive $50,000, while the top student will win a $1 million .

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