DAMAC owner, Hussain Sajwani is not only one of the most successful businessmen in the Middle East, but he is also a person who is dedicated to corporate responsibility and philanthropy. For this reason, Sajwani and his DAMAC Group have worked together to build the DAMAC Foundation.
The DAMAC Foundation is a philanthropic initiative that aims to create an empowered society through learning and skills development. In this way, the DAMAC Foundation hopes to help bring his Highness Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for these things to life.
One Million Arab Coders Initiative
One of the ways that the DAMAC Foundation is trying to create an empowered society is with the One Million Arab Coders Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to provide one million Arab people with the skills and technical training that they will need for the jobs of the future. In the coming decades, there will be a high level of demand for computer programmers and developers. So, teaching a million Arabs how to code can help these people to get ahead.
The DAMAC Foundation believes that with the right training and direction, that people can fulfill their professional potential. The Foundation wants to help as many people as it can to get this training and direction. For now it is focusing on people who are interested in learning to code. However, in the future, this could expand to other career paths as well.
With this initiative, people who enter the program will have the ability to choose between four different areas of coding: full stack web developing, app developing, data analytics, and front end web developing. Becoming a master at any one of these four coding specialties could be very beneficial to everyone who joins the program.
The first cohort of the One Million Arab Coder’s Initiative started on April 23rd, 2018. Over 100,000 students enrolled during this time. Each cohort lasts for three months. The Damac Foundation is currently taking applications for the second cohort. Because 100,000 people enrolled in the first cohort and began their training, the One Million Arab Coder’s Initiative is well on its way to reaching its goal of creating One million Arab coders. With just a few more cohorts completed, the goal could soon be halfway accomplished.
This is very exciting for both the Damac Foundation and for all of the Arab students who are learning key job skills. This initiative could go a long way towards helping hundreds of thousands or potentially even over one million people to find high paying work in the tech industry.
The Desire to Give Back
The main reason why the DAMAC Group and Hussain Sajwani are interested in corporate responsibility and creating initiatives like the DAMAC Foundation is because they want to give back. DAMAC owner, Hussain Sajwani, in particular, believes that this is very important. He understands and appreciates the value that the community has given to him and he wants to reciprocate this value.
The DAMAC Foundation’s One Million Arab Coder’s Initiative is a very important way that the DAMAC Foundation and Hussain Sajwani are giving back. However, this is just one thing that they are doing. They have also worked with organizations such as the Emirates Red Crescent and the Dubai Autism Centre to give back in other ways.
In the future, the DAMAC Foundation will work on a number of other projects to help the community. DAMAC founder, Hussain Sajwani instills a culture of corporate responsibility and philanthropy into all of his companies and organizations. So, after his foundation helps to train one million Arab coders, the DAMAC Foundation will move onto another important project to help the community.
The end goal is to keep helping Arab people and Arab communities in order to make improvements that help to raise the quality of life and the level of success for Arabs across the Middle East.
His Highness Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has articulated that he wants to create an empowered society through learning and skills development. Hussain Sajwani and the DAMAC Group share his Highness’ vision and are doing their part to make this vision a reality. Hopefully, within a few years’ time Sajwani and the DAMAC foundation will have successfully trained one million Arabs to become high quality coders.
This will not only help the coders themselves to obtain high quality employment, but it will also help to improve Arab societies at large because these coders will be able to do a lot of important work. Sajwani and the DAMAC Foundation know that training so many people to become coders is a lofty goal, but they believe that they are well on their way to doing so, and that they will be able to accomplish this goal in just a few years. After that, they will find another lofty goal to achieve in the name of helping Arab people and Arab societies.