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Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan launches initiative to attract 1,000 Emirati professionals

Crown Prince said, talents will be encouraged to develop smart applications

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Published: Wed Mar 29, 2023 7:38 pm

Last Updated: Wed Mar 29, 2023 7:51 PM

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, on Wednesday launched ‘Create Apps in Dubai’, an initiative of the Higher Committee for Future Technology Development and Digital Economy, which aims to promote a . An innovation-driven ecosystem for digital applications in the Emirate and to transform Dubai into one of the world’s most attractive destinations for business opportunities by 2025.

The Crown Prince said that the launch of ‘Make in Dubai’ app is part of implementing the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to develop initiatives that transform Dubai into Dubai. A leader in the global digital sector and create a new future shaped by advanced technologies and sciences. He added that since the launch of Dubai Internet City, the emirate’s strategic investments in the digital sector have seen it become an important player in the global tech landscape.

He added: “Digital transformation around the world and the exponential growth of cutting-edge digital applications and platforms has created a new global competition for technological leadership. Dubai is taking part in this global challenge by providing a platform to foster the development of 1,000 highly skilled UAE citizens. Wants to be at the forefront, whose ideas and innovations will create a vibrant application sector in Dubai.

The ‘Create Apps in Dubai’ initiative, overseen by the Dubai Chamber for Digital Economy in collaboration with government entities and technology companies, seeks to train a select group of 1,000 UAE citizens in partnership with the private sector in Dubai. The initiative will identify priority areas and support development plans with the aim of enabling these UAE citizens to play a key role in realizing the country’s digital vision. In addition, the initiative seeks to triple the number of app makers by 2025 and support 100 new national projects to develop cutting-edge apps to be made available in digital app stores over the next 24 months.

Sheikh Hamdan met with developers of apps targeted at the global market in healthcare, education, entrepreneurship and other sectors, with the aim of promoting the exchange of ideas between experts, innovators and developers. By encouraging greater sharing of digital and technological expertise, Dubai seeks to enhance its position as a global launchpad for forward-looking technologies.

With global smartphone sales revenue surpassing $448 billion and two million new apps and games set to be created in 2021, growth and innovation in this sector continues to gain momentum. Users spent more than $160 billion on apps, while the number of app downloads is set to reach 230 billion in 2021, creating huge new opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and technology professionals.

The number of financial and business applications downloaded in the Middle East and Africa region will exceed 157 million in 2021, a 182% increase since 2018, while user spending in the top 25 electronic apps increased 6.5 times compared to 2018 . Dubai is looking to take advantage of new growth opportunities in the region by creating a strong digital infrastructure, developing a legislative framework that supports app development, and introducing government incentives to accelerate the region’s economic development.

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