‘Emirati Programmer’ gives young local talents an opportunity to join global programming competitions

Mansoor Bin Mohammed honors
outstanding winners of ‘Hackathon’ competition

  • 4 young Emirati talents win the title of ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’
  • International jury evaluates creative applications in line with UAE’s national policies
  • Local contestants demonstrate high-level skills in programming, computer thinking systems, digital applications, & electronic games


UAE, November 12, 2017 H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honored the ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’ winners of the ‘Hackathon’ competition organized by the Emirates Talent Association and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU). The recognition marked the culmination of the successful first batch of the ‘Emirati Programmer,’ the first-of-its-kind national initiative in the UAE launched to enhance the skills of Emirati programmers in programming languages, computer thinking systems, the basics of digital application and electronic games development.


The closing ceremony held at HBMSU’s campus saw world-class young Emirati talents and innovators recognized for their competitive programming abilities. Dignitaries attended the event were headed by H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai, Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors, and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association, H.E. Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, H.E. Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Majid Hamad Rahma Al Shamsi, member of the National Federation Council and Chairman of Union Coop’s board of directors and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). Attendees applauded the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative for laying a solid foundation for human capital development and investing in the country’s human resources to build a future generation capable of driving economic growth driven by modern technology, knowledge, and innovation in line with UAE Vision 2021.
An international jury chose the winners based onset criteria, including the ability to link the creative programming projects to national policies and initiatives such as adopting a competitive and knowledge- and innovation-driven economy.
The four winners of the ‘Innovative Emirati Programmer’ title bagged the Golden Award in four categories. They were Hamdan Al Maqoodi, ‘Developing Game – Kudo Category’ for age group 7-10; Saud Ahmed Al Hosani, ‘Developing Game – Kudo Category’ for age group 11- 15; Shaikha Khalid Al Ali, ‘Developing App – Bloxmob Category’ for age group 7-10; and Saif Adnan Al Marri, ‘Developing App – Swift Category’ forage group 11-15. The four were among the 12 finalists of the ‘Hackathon’ competition, which served as a platform to put the spotlight on the global programming talents.
H.E. Tamim said: “We are proud to honor young talents with enormous creative potentials who have shown thirst for knowledge and strong interest to be part of the development process for a more advanced and prosperous future. Furthermore, the ‘Emirati Programmer’ has pushed young people to be creators of a bright future for all using their talents and achieve the highest international ranks. This success has further inspired us to excel in preparing a generation of qualified, innovative, and creative local and international young programmers. ”
“The strong partnership between the Emirates Talent Association and HBMSU has been recognized as a model for constructive cooperation among national entities for youth development. It is also aligned with what H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has said, ‘The youth is the future and hope of our country.’ We are undoubtedly taking proactive steps to provide the world of programming with creative talents who have confidence, knowledge, determination, and leadership to guide the economy towards the highest levels of innovation and creativity,” H.E. added.
Aside from the Gold Award, Silver and Bronze Awards were also given across the four categories. The international judges comprised technology professionals led by Lewis Hall, English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) Manager, Apple Distinguished Educator; Rayan Karaky, Head of DoubleClick MENA & Turkey, Google; Ahmed Ebrahim, Microsoft Gulf Teacher Engagements Manager; and Hanan Hasan, Head of Technology Development at Al Ittihad National Private School in Abu Dhabi, Apple Distinguished Educator.
Hall said: “As a jury member, it is an honor to witness the creativity and innovative skills of young Emirati talents, who have exhibited strong potentials in programming. I am glad to see their eagerness to develop applications relevant to local society and have the potentials to address future challenges. We are also confident that the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative was a step in the right direction to build a generation capable and qualified to develop applications supporting the progress of the UAE and the rest of the world.”
Karaky thanked the Emirates Talent Association and HBMSU for the opportunity to be one of the judges. He said: “It is inspiring to see the youth using their imagination combined with their capabilities to master programming languages, which play a major role in the modern era. We are looking forward to seeing more talented Emirati entrepreneurs, application developers, and programmers in the future. Allow me also to announce that we are turning Shaikha’s proposal into a reality by putting her application in our application store. Additionally, I will continuously follow the projects and innovations of other promising talents to instill creativity and innovation in the UAE.”
After the ceremony, the winners presented their applications and projects at the ‘Coding Expo.’
The winners in the ‘Developing App – Bloxmob’ (7 to 10 years old) category are Shaikha Khalid Al Ali – Diabetes Learning Bag (Gold); Sarah Saeed Al Awar – Read-ester (Silver); and Wid Hamad Al Awar – Slime Angle (Bronze); and in the ‘Developing App – Swift’ (11 to 15 years old), Saif Adnan Al Marri – Discount Me IN (Gold); Abdulla Al Jawi- Discover Dubai (Silver); and Mohammed Alowais – Family Hub (Bronze). 
The victors in the ‘Developing App – Swift’ (7 to 10 years old) are Hamadan Al Maqoodi – Road Kill (Gold); Zayed Saif Al Zaabi – Death Road (Silver); and Ali Saif Al Zaabi – Save Water Save Life (Bronze); while Saud Al Hosani – Star Fires (Gold); Hind Saad Abbas – Mars Rock On (Silver); Fahad Al Awadi – Dodge and Race (Bronze) won in ‘Developing Game – Kudo’ (11 and 15 years old) category.
Student Shaikha Khalid Al Ali, Gold Winner of ‘Bloxmob’ for 7 to 10 years old, expressed her happiness for being part of the successful competition. She added that the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative provided her with a unique opportunity to acquire key programming and smart application development skills which she used to create her simple and streamlined Diabetes Learning Bag app. She also thanked the Emirates Talent Association, HBMSU, and event organizers for supporting her in achieving her ambition and turning her idea into a concrete application.
About 96 graduates comprised the first batch of the ‘Emirati Programmer’ initiative, 46 of whom qualified for the semi-finals and 12 reached the finals. The participants received high-level training under the direct supervision of renowned instructors who specialize in the three-level ‘Lifelong learning model.’ The training ensured that the local contestants would excel in the “Hackathon” competition. The  ‘Emirati Programmer’ focused on providing talented youth with new knowledge and skills in computer language programming to design games and digital and electronic applications using multiple programming platforms such as Microsoft’s KODU Game Lab, Apple’s Swift, Google’s Blockly, and  ‘Cloud Campus.’

Abu Dhabi Science Festival

Held under the patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 
inaugurates 7th Abu Dhabi Science Festival
H.E. Al Nuaimi: ‘We look forward to one of the best editions’


Albuainain: ‘We anticipate yet another successful event’

November 09, 2017 – Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council has inaugurated the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) at Khalifa Park. Running until November 18, 2017 the festival will feature 71 fun-filled, educating and engaging activities designed to spark the curiosity of children in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


H.H. Sheikh Nahyan toured Khalifa Park which is hosting ADSF’s activities for the first time alongside returning venue Al Ain Zoo. He was accompanied by H.E. Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK); Mr. Adel Ahmed Albuainain, Chief Executive Officer of Dolphin Energy Limited; Dr. Yousef AlShaiba Alsheryani, Advisor to ADEK’s Chairman; Eng. Sanad Humaid Ahmed, Vice Chairman of ADEK’s Innovation Committee; and other senior officials from the festival’s main sponsors.
During the tour, ADEK’s Chairman emphasized H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s support in creating an innovative and knowledge based society, one that releases individual potential through engaging youth and the community at large in educational, yet entertaining activities and projects. “It is a privilege to inaugurate ADSF this year in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which just goes to show the nation’s high aspirations in the development of its youth. It is events such as the ADSF that draws in more enthusiasm towards science, technology and innovation, which could not have been possible to accomplish without our nations prudent and wise guidance, leadership and vision. I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude towards the endless support we have received from ADEK’s strategic partners, who continue to add credibility, memorable experiences and learning opportunities to our youth.”
Anticipating another successful event, Mr. Albuainain said: “We are very excited about this year’s event and are looking forward to welcoming many thousands of young visitors, along with their teachers and parents over the next 10 days. The new location and the new attractions and activities will help to produce a Festival that will be the best offering yet. The blend of fun, excitement and intrigue is a great way for children to learn about STEM subjects. We hope it will inspire their first steps to a future in either science, technology, engineering or mathematics.”
The award-winning Abu Dhabi Science Festival has been attended by over half a million visitors and supported by more than 50 sponsors since its launch in 2011. More than 40 per cent of the 2017 edition’s content is provided by local science education organizations. Its balanced blend of interactive exhibits, lively workshops and entertaining shows primarily target children aged five years old and above.
ADEK has coordinated with 15 universities and academic and scientific institutions across the UAE to be part of the event. More than 1,000 higher education students are volunteering to present the festival, with a number being ADSF alumni who are best suited to deliver workshops and shows in an engaging and distinctive manner. The organizers of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, one of Europe’s largest science festivals, helped design and develop ADSF 2017’s overall content.
ADEK is organizing the 7th annual Abu Dhabi Science Festival in collaboration with major government and private entities such as Dolphin Energy Limited (Presenting Sponsor), Mubadala and Emirates Transport (Affiliate Sponsors), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Content
Sponsor), Abu Dhabi Media (Exclusive Media Partner), Marina Mall and Dalma Mall (Mall Partners) and several local universities.


Interested parties can obtain festival information, book workshops and purchase tickets electronically via ADSF’s website, www.abudhabisciencefestival.ae, or through a new downloadable official ‘ADSF’ mobile app. 

GETEX Autumn 2017

GETEX Autumn 2017 opens doors to more than 5,000 learners keen to take up higher education


Leading education event throws spotlight on occupational & industrial skills, continuing education & professional development


November 1, 2017 – Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX) Autumn Edition 2017, the latest edition of the leading student recruitment platform in the Middle East and Asia, has opened today (Wednesday, November 1, 2017) at Hall 5 of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre to help more than 5,000 learners around the region find the right educational choice from over 600 courses.



The region’s most trusted event for higher education features a wide variety of study streams from over 50 regional and international universities located in eight countries, which are set to open their admissions between November 2017 and April 2018. The courses are focused on occupational and industrial skills, continuing education courses and other professional development offerings.



Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, IC&E and organizer of GETEX, said: “We are excited to present to students and parents the range of new courses and career options they can choose from in this year’s Autumn Edition of GETEX. Universities are here to address student’s concerns and present their course options to learners aspiring to study further. Admissions officers and education counselors are ready to offer them career guidance on the appropriate program, including advice on scholarship opportunities.”


Date and Timings for GETEX Autumn 2017
Wednesday, 1st November 2017:  10:00  to 14:00  and  18:00 to 21:00
Thursday, 2nd November 2017:  10:00 to 14:00  and  18:00 to 21:00
Friday, 3rd November 2017:  15:00 to 21:00

Entrance to the show is free. For more information, please visit: http://www.mygetex.com/

Number of UAE students going to UK for higher education is rising, despite tightened visa regulations.

EDUKEX 2012 set to highlight UK’s continuing reputation as a preferred higher education destination
Dubai, UAE, 8th November 2012: The number of students going to UK universities from the UAE has been rising since 2002, despite that the constraints of tightened visa regulations. According to the latest data released by British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, there were 3,145 UAE students studying in the UK for 2011 academic year, which represents an increase of 126 per cent over 2002.

These figures were released on the sidelines of the 13th edition of the Education UK Exhibition ‘EDUKEX 2012’ which is organized by British Council from November 11 to 13. The one-day Abu Dhabi event will be opened by the British Ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey CVO, OBE,  on November 11 in Beach Rotana Hotel, while the Dubai event will be inaugurated by British Consul General in Dubai, Edward Hobart, on November 12 in Al Murooj Rotana Hotel.
Lara Khouri, Education UK Marketing Manager British Council UAE. 
Lara Khouri, Education UK Marketing Manager, British Council UAE said: “The remarkable 126 percent rise in the number of students compared with 2002 figures demonstrates that the UK education system enjoys a high reputation among UAE students  as a gateway to acquiring skills that would enable them to compete effectively in the global market.”
EDUKEX 2012 offers an ideal opportunity for visitors to learn about English language courses, vocational courses and higher education courses offered by a large number of UK universities. The show is part of the British Council’s initiative to enhance cultural and educational relations between the UAE and UK by helping create a knowledge-based economy.
Khouri added that the main objective of EDUKEX was to raise awareness of the quality of UK education and the extensive choice of courses on offer at every academic level by world-renowned universities.
At this year’s event, more than 50 UK universities and specialist colleges will showcase a wide range of bachelors and masters courses, as well as foundation-year courses.
This show is a one-of-a-kind platform for UK’s distinguished educational providers to open their doors and direct students to the best educational programmes as per their capabilities and preferences. The show gathers representatives from UK institutions who will be on hand to talk about courses and degree options, entry requirements and studying in the UK.
She added: “Besides encouraging a positive perception of the UK as a place to study, this event aims to provide UK institutions with a targeted market-driven audience to whom they may promote their courses.  The exhibition will also raise the quality of enquires by guiding students on what issues they need to consider when visiting EDUKEX. It gives information on UK qualifications, entry requirements and modes of study.”
She added: “This annual event provides students in the UAE with the opportunity to meet representatives from a number universities and colleges in the UK with a view to further developing their education. In addition to universities and colleges, the UK Border Agency and British Council colleagues will also be present to answer visa-related and IELTS queries.”
“We expect over 1,500 visitors to attend the show and interact with exhibitors, some of whom will also be making presentations on various pathways to entry to a UK programme on November 11 in Abu Dhabi and on November 12 and 13 in Dubai,” Khouri concluded.

ALHOSN University discusses collaborative opportunities with Malaysia at Business Roundtable

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister & Vice Chancellor Sabouni voice mutual interest in knowledge sharing
May 27, 2012
ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, joined major UAE investors and dignitaries in discussing potential partnership opportunities with Malaysia during an exclusive Business Roundtable and Luncheon held recently at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi hotel.

The Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, expressed his country’s interest in enhancing collaboration  between the countries’ educational sectors. Prominent guests present during the meeting included H.E. Khalfan Saeed Al Kaabi, First Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and H.E. Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, COO of Al Jaber Group and President of ALHOSN University’s Society of Women in Engineering (SOWIE).
“We had a productive sharing of insights with The Honourable Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin on how we could further expand the scope and field of cooperation between Malaysia and the UAE in areas such as teacher training and learning standards. He appreciated our focus on providing ‘global knowledge with local vision’ and expressed a genuine interest in exchanging more visits with the university. We will look more closely into how we can enhance collaboration in mutually pursuing higher standards of educational delivery and excellence,” said Prof. Sabouni.
Named after Abu Dhabi’s historic ALHOSN Palace, ALHOSN University was founded in 2005 by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company in response to growing local demand for high-quality, value-based educational institutions. It currently offers 12 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs under the Faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Business, and Arts and Social Sciences. ALHOSN accepts students of all nationalities and also accommodates youths with special needs. All its programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
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About ALHOSN University:
ALHOSN University is a leading private university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education under the slogan “Global Knowledge with Local Vision.” The Abu Dhabi-based institution is owned and supported by the Abu Dhabi Holding Company and is fully accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
ALHOSN University manages accredited programs (12 undergraduate and 7 graduate) in three faculties, all of which were developed by top North American educational experts. Undergraduate academic degrees are offered as four-year programs and taught in English, except for the Arabic education component.
The University’s City Campus includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, the Engineering Lab Building, the Library Building, and the Lectures Building, all located at the heart of Abu Dhabi. A main campus with world-class, state-of-the-art facilities will soon be constructed. ALHOSN is open to students from all nationalities.
For further information, please contact:
Wafa Mousa
Marketing & Events Manager
Marketing & Public Relations Department, ALHOSN University
Tel: 02 407 0700
Dir: 02 407 0747
Fax: 02 407 0782

GETEX Spring 2012 receives enthusiastic feedback from exhibitors, visitors

Leading universities underline strategic importance of GETEX in building brand recognition in Middle East
GETEX Spring 2012 successfully concluded a comprehensive showcase of over 2,500 academic, vocational and training programmes, gathering more than 400 leading academic institutions worldwide and over 30,000 visitors for the three-day exhibition at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 19 to 21, 2012. Organized under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education, GETEX 2012 was warmly received by government entities, corporate organizations, academic institutions, students and parents from the Middle East, underlining the growing focus on education, training and professional development initiatives across the region.

GETEX 2012, which is recognized as the Middle East’s leading education, training and professional development event, likewise generated an overwhelming response from local, regional and international universities, academic institutions and training organizations, emphasizing the strategic importance of GETEX as an ideal networking avenue to showcase quality educational programs being offered worldwide.
Dr. T.R. Venkatesh, Academic Head at Amity University, said: “More than reaching our goals, GETEX has helped us in allowing parents and students reach their goals. We want them to discover what they are interested in and what they like the most in terms of their aptitude. GETEX has helped in serving this purpose twice over.”
Several leading universities and academic institutions likewise noted and credited the impact of GETEX in their brand strategy and in cultivating strong relations with target audiences, particularly parents and corporate organizations across the region.
Jules Fawkes, Head of Faculty and English Teacher at Canada International College, said: “GETEX Spring 2012 helped us reach our goal in targeting students who want to enter our college here or travel abroad to Canada. It has increased public awareness of our college in the region and helped in our marketing strategy through advertising our university.”
K. Rajesh Shetty, Assistant Professor at Electronics & Communication Engineering, NMAM Institute of Technology, said: “Our institute has been taking part in GETEX since 2006. This event is very well-organized, with utmost professionalism and is promoted extremely well. The quality of the event speaks for itself and over the years the event has helped us establish and build a brand name. It has enabled us to build an excellent rapport with the parents, some of them being in touch with us since our first meeting six years ago.”
Fouad Ahmed, Admission Officer, at Al Ghurair University said, “GETEX is one the biggest education events in the region and has enabled us to interact with hundreds of parents and students, especially since the event is held over a weekend. We have been exhibitors here for over six years and we would like to serve all UAE students regardless of their nationality, especially since we have around 40 nationalities from all over the world.”
Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), organizers of the event, said: “GETEX continues to serve students, corporate organizations and academic institutions in the region by providing direct access to the latest advances in education delivery, training and professional development from all over the world. Moreover, exhibitors at GETEX benefit from unprecedented reach and exposure across their target audiences, making it an ideal avenue for marketing and networking initiatives. The overwhelming success of GETEX 2012 has certainly opened new possibilities for us to further expand the breadth of our offerings and reinforce the reputation of GETEX as a driving force behind efforts to cultivate a culture of academic excellence in the Middle East.”
GETEX Spring 2012 featured the “General Education” segment that offered parents of K-12 students several study options among international residential and boarding schools; the “Excellence Forums”, which provided students with invaluable resources and information to make the right career choices; the “Global EDTECH Forum”, a teacher’s conference that equipped educators with the latest tools, skills and technology in education delivery; and a host of seminars that helped graduates and professionals enhance their career prospects through various professional development programs.