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National Programme For Coders Launch’s Training Programme For Emirati Women
(24 January 2024)

The National Programme for Coders announced a groundbreaking joint initiative titled “AI-Forward” in partnership with, the region’s largest talent marketplace, and Meem Foundation, a philanthropic foundation.

The initiative aims to empower 100 Emirati women by offering a comprehensive and free training programme in data labeling and annotation, strategically designed to enhance their skills and foster their entry into the burgeoning fields of technology and artificial intelligence (AI).

This pioneering initiative is a testament to the commitment to provide tangible opportunities for personal and professional development, particularly for stay-at-home mothers seeking to upskill and enter the workforce. The training programme will equip participants with practical skills in data labeling and annotation, ensuring they are well-prepared for in-demand roles within the tech and AI industries.

This initiative marks a crucial step towards fostering gender inclusion, skill development, and empowerment in the rapidly evolving landscape of technology and artificial intelligence.

Saqr Binghalib, Executive Director at the UAE’s Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications office, stated that the National Programme for Coders is a hub for the development of digital skills, and it reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. This vision revolves around the development of talents and capabilities as a fundamental element in the UAE’s journey towards success and excellence.

Saqr Binghalib added that through such initiatives, we aim to enhance the empowerment of all the society to ensure technological progress and enable them through comprehensive programmes that keep pace with the latest technological developments.

The "AI-Forward" initiative is designed to unfold over a comprehensive 24-week timeline, organised into three cohorts delivering the same curriculum, quizzes, and classes to ensure a thorough learning experience for all participants and offering several opportunities to accommodate their diverse schedules. Each cohort extends for a duration of 8 weeks. This programme, delivered virtually, and presented by Dr. Fayeq Oweis, Director and Founder of and Dr. Tasnim Ali, CEO and Founder of Shai for AI, provides participants with a flexible, self-paced learning environment on a module-by-module basis.

Meem Foundation, led by Muna Easa Al Gurg is a driving force behind this initiative, and is generously supporting the programme. Meem Foundation believes in holistic, innovative approaches to addressing the unique challenges faced by women and girls in the region. is an online marketplace connecting employers from around the world with vetted and certified freelance talents across all professional fields with maximum value and high return guaranteed. lets you be in charge, granting you access to a large pool of talents and full control and visibility over your projects.

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