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Unesco accepts Emirati proposal, marks October 29 as International Day of Programming


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai has announced that Unesco has accepted an Emirati proposal.

The UAE leader said in a post on X that October 29 of each year will be marked as the International Day of Programming, and that March 19 will mark the International Day for Digital Education.

Sheikh Mohammed said in his tweet, "In a new global initiative for the UAE... UNESCO today adopts an Emirati proposal to make the twenty-ninth of October of each year (the day we launched Dubai Internet City) an international day of programming... and the nineteenth of March an international day for digital education."

“Programming has become a fundamental pillar in economic growth. Similarly, digital education stands as a crucial element in advancing scientific knowledge. The UAE consistently positions itself as a central force in advocating for and implementing the best tools and practices that serve the greater good of humanity,” added Sheikh Mohammed.

Recognising the importance of coding, the UAE launched in 2021 the ‘National Program for Coders’ to foster the growth of the UAE’s digital economy by designing a number of national initiatives for developing talents, expertise and innovative projects in coding.

The nation seeks to attract and train 100,000 coders, establish 1,000 digital companies within 5 years and increase investment in start-ups from Dh1.5 billion to Dh4 billion.


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