Arab Coders: A Growing Industry

Do you have (or want to acquire) coding skills? Well, there’s plenty of employment opportunities for coders, developers and programmers who can contribute to the development of the UAE digital economy.

Companies are willing to pay big for sought-after skills like coding because of its shortage in the workforce. Programmers and developers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to produce the expected results, or are involved in the design and maintenance of websites using programming languages such as HTML and CSS, for example; they can also create code for making APIs (application programming interfaces) in C#, Java, PHP, for instance, that allow programmers to retrieve any published data.

Employers are paying freelancers good cash for Arab Coders to write and test code for a number of business systems, so jobseekers with these in-demand skills can look to compete for great jobs and thrive in this IT field:

  • MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPER – Duties include to code, modify, test, and debug, mobile application developments (Android and iOS).
  • FRONTEND DEVELOPER/ENGINEER – Helps front end developers with coding as required across multiple browsers, platforms, and devices including smartphones using HTML, XML, CGI, PHP and JavaScript. As well, troubleshoot various website issues and coding problems. They are responsible for the look and feel of a website.
  • SYSTEM or WEB DEVELOPER/PROGRAMMER (IT) – Assists in the design and coding for web projects, as well as in the testing of technical solutions.
  • PHP / E-COMMERCE DEVELOPER – Contributes to design patterns in everyday coding that requires experience in eCommerce Development Platform and software coding and development for mobile commerce.
  • FULL STACK DEVELOPER – Codes using the REST API. Will need to have experience with Java/ ASP.NET technologies and be fluent in CSS, JS, PHP, and SQL to apply. They are familiar with both front and back end development.

To be in any of these positions, a candidate must already possess coding skills or learn how to write and deploy code prior to applying. An applicant need to be familiar with at least one computer language or script or if they’ve never coded before to perhaps learn at a code school bootcamp that can push their careers forward with formalized training.

Along with additional training in code, you will need to meet the following criterions:

  • Must-haves: Strong knowledge of coding.
  • Know-hows: Experience in developing application and/or web services.
  • Familiarity: Adheres to coding practices and standards.
  • Proficiency: The understanding of code versioning tools like Web 2.0 front end (Html, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, JQuery) and Back-end technologies (PHP, MySQL).

Arab Coders are the ‘Next Generation of Technology Experts,’ as coding is the language of the future, said Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, the UAE’s Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence and deputy managing director of DFF, that also seeks applicants who would like to be among the students “mastering next-generation technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, cognitive and biological sciences and programming.”

Many are the platforms that can help you advance your career. For example, http://www.arabcoders.ae/en/ can increase your knowledge and help you hone your skills through online courses & certifications in these developer tracks that are in high demand:

  • Become a Full-Stack Web Developer
  • Become a Front-End Web Expert
  • Become an Android App Guru
  • Become a Data Analyst Specialist

Note: All four tracks are offered ‘free of charge’ to those who are invited to participate in the program and will be selected to enroll in the Udacity nanodegree course.

Interested in being among the students selected for a globally recognized programming certificate in your chosen developer track? Then discover more ‘About the One Million Arab Coders program,’ an initiative launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

He believes that “coding is the language of the modern era.” So, this initiative, as part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, MBRGI, foundation seeks to carve out a space for Arabs to become part of that by “equip[ing] young Arabs with the tools to build their future, starting with fluency in coding and programming.” So far, there’s been overwhelming response that “demonstrates the eagerness of our region’s young people to take on advanced technology skills,” said Abdullah Bin Touq, acting chief executive of the Dubai Future Foundation.

The project comes at a time when Arab coders around the world are in demand. And, in addition, “Bayt.com will provide a dedicated platform for programmers to find jobs and grant the access to consultation services and training opportunities, provided they have passed the first phase of the One Million Arab Coders Program and Coder’s Challenge.”

Hundreds of thousands have already applied for first round of the Dubai Future Foundation’s (DFF) ‘One Million Arab Coders’ program, tells arabianbusiness.com, beginning their learning journey on Udacity’s online platform. The second phase will select top 1,000 student to go through the “Coders Challenge”; then, the third and last stage will pick the top 10 coders who’ll be chosen for the cash prizes.

Arab Coders: A Growing Industry

Arab Coders: A Growing Industry

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