Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Arab Youth Centre has launched the third edition of the Arab Youth Technology Fellowship Programme.

The fellowship programme's activities were successfully launched using visual communication technology to empower and promote the capabilities of emerging talent in advanced technology specialisation, artificial intelligence application and the digital economy. The programme is in close cooperation with more than 30 strategic partners at both the regional and global levels.

The current edition of the programme, scheduled to run for the next three weeks, focuses on three main axes: technology, sustainability and climate change. The goal of the programme is to increase awareness of youth about the importance of harnessing technology to achieve sustainable development goals. This is particularly relevant as the UAE prepares to host the upcoming COP28 conference, aiming to achieve Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Vice President of the Arab Youth Centre, emphasised the importance of the programme and its efforts to invest in the competencies and potential of youth, preparing innovative leaders in various fields of modern technology. These leaders will contribute to accelerating sustainable development, particularly in innovative solutions related to environmental protection and mitigating the effects of climate change, placing Arab youth on the global climate action map.

His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi said: "Arab countries are rich in fresh talent capable of competing in various fields, especially technology, which is witnessing rapid and constant change. Through the centre, we work to provide a conducive environment that unites youth, field experts and companies to work collaboratively. Previous editions of the programme have demonstrated institutional eagerness to aid exceptional talent and nurture their potential. This also helps youth refine their skills, in time for entering the job market and other entrepreneurial projects.”

The previous two editions of the programme provided diverse opportunities for participants through employment and inclusion of several outstanding individuals in the network of regional and international companies. Many of its members succeeded in securing financial funding and technical support for their entrepreneurial projects, along with paid internship training for extended periods.

The programme includes 30 young men and women from 12 Arab countries, selected from hundreds of competitors to participate in this most recent edition. Among the outstanding participants are those specialising in technology or environmental science and sustainability.

Participants are also active in the field of technology and have contributed to making a positive impact in the field of sustainability through technological solutions. These participants come from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Mauritania, Iraq, Oman, Algeria, Libya and Syria.

More than 120 companies have signalled their widespread support for this edition of the programme, hosted in strategic partnership with the E-Youth platform for building youth capabilities and includes many regional and international companies.

This edition will offer more than 80 specialised training sessions and lectures, along with 500 hours of guidance and training provided by expert trainers and leaders in advanced technology fields. The programme also includes meetings with experts and specialists in the fields of artificial intelligence and programming.