Tuesday 31 January 2023 - 7:12:52 am

AI office celebrates participants in 'Sibaq Lahja' programme at GITEX Global 2022


DUBAI, 12th October, 2022 (WAM) -- The Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Office celebrated “Sibaq Lahja” graduates in partnership between CodersHQ, one of the National Programme for Coding initiatives, and Cisco, honouring their participation in a grand ceremony that took in Global DevSlam at GITEX Gobal 2022.

“Sibaq Lahja” programme aims to invest in young talents, including university students, utilise their abilities in the field of coding, and involve them in creating features that include the Arabic language in AI and coding applications. Giving them the opportunity to unleash positive changes through developing artificial intelligence solutions for data processing in Arabic and supporting coding globally.

CodersHQ celebrated the winning team in “Sibaq Lahja”; Mohamed Alyafae, Fwaghi Al Hashimi, Noor Rabea, Mohammed Tamim, and Ahmed Saad, who achieved 95 percent in implementing their knowledge from the programme into developing coding process and inter the Arabic language in AI systems accurately and easily to be used by the public.

Saqr bin Ghalib, Executive Director of the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Office, stressed the importance of collaborations between government and private sector entities through supporting distinguished talented coders and allowing the opportunity to develop their skills in artificial intelligence, technological applications, and machine learning.

Bin Ghaleb said that GITEX global represents a unique opportunity enabling students from across the UAE to identify technical outcomes and celebrate technological developments that were achieved in government and private sector. He added, “Sibaq Lahja is reflecting the great impact of effective partnerships in showcasing coders' works and their innovative solutions for the AI application aiming to enhance digitalisation in the UAE and activate the AI application.”

Abdelilah Nejjari, Managing Director, Gulf Region at Cisco, commented, "As part of Cisco's Country Digital Acceleration programme, we have been working closely with the UAE Coders HQ on Sibaq Lahja, driving talent development and inclusion in the field of Natural Language Processing. The talented coders have shown that when equipped with the right ecosystem and resources, the nation's youth can help to unlock new possibilities and a bright future for the fields of AI and coding."

He added, “Enriching digital skills is one of key cornerstones of Cisco's Country Digital Acceleration programme. And we are very proud to have recently expanded the programme by signing a collaboration framework with the Office of the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications - supporting the national agenda for digitisation, economic growth, and talent development.”

The “Sibaq Lahja” programme, which lasted for two months, focused on getting participants into various training courses and workshops to enhance their talents and build capabilities in various fields, namely; AI, machine learning, deep learning, and coding languages, including Python. It also focused on developing their talents by explaining digital trends and current challenges, teaching them the foundations and concepts of machine learning to adopt the Arabic language in AI and coding programmes.

In the second phase, the participants were able to identify automated challenges and find innovative solutions to ensure improvements in implementing advanced technological mechanisms and digital tools.

The Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Office launched the “Sibaq Lahja” programme on “Update” platform, through which 210 innovative initiatives were launched within CodersHQ, among several qualitative initiatives organised by CodersHQ to increase the number of coders in the country, and improve the digital systems in the UAE.

Amjad Saleh/ Lina Ibrahim