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Microsoft launches COE to boost digital skills and AI expertise in Saudi Arabia

The tech giant to train over 100,000 Saudi professionals

Microsoft launches COE to boost digital skills and AI expertise in Saudi Arabia
[Source photo: Krishna Prasad/Fast Company Middle East]

LEAP24, Saudi Arabia’s high-profile technology conference, attracted over 215,000 attendees this year, with announcements of $14 billion in technology sector investments and collaborations from both public and private sectors made during the event. 

The influence of LEAP is poised to substantially enhance the nation’s technology infrastructure and drive opportunities for multi-vertical upskilling and talent incubation among the country’s youth in alignment with Saudi Vision 2030.

Microsoft announced a new Center of Excellence at the conference, partnering with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. This initiative aims to equip Saudi professionals with cutting-edge digital skills and Artificial Intelligence (AI) expertise.

During the announcement, Turki Badhris, President of Microsoft Arabia, emphasized the company’s dedication to empowering over 100,000 Saudi professionals. The COE, established alongside Tuwaiq and Spectrum Networks, will focus on creating an AI-powered digital academy to support the kingdom’s workforce.

Badhris highlighted the pivotal importance of artificial intelligence in achieving Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and propelling digital transformation efforts within the kingdom. He underscored that AI has transitioned from merely a buzzword to a transformative force reshaping multiple industries.

The COE will offer industry-approved training programs in cloud computing, AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Generative AI. These programs cater to all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned professionals, aiming to equip them with a competitive edge in the digital sphere.

Badhris also noted the rising demand for cloud services among Saudi Arabia’s private sector and government entities. Microsoft anticipates an influx of customers transitioning to the Microsoft Data Center by 2024, further accelerating regional digital innovation and adoption.

The Innovation By Design Summit is in Doha on April 24. Attendance at the summit is by invitation only. Delegates can register here to receive their exclusive invite.

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