Osman Sultan, CEO, Du. Osman Sultan, CEO, Du.

UAE telco Du has launched an initiative to help foster the development of a community of mobile app developers.

The programme, which is called Mobile Applications Developers Community, is designed to support the recently-announced m-Government plan outlined by Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Du aims to drive a nationwide effort to create the developer community, drawn from young talent in the UAE’s universities and colleges. The initiative is intended to lead to the development of apps that improve access to various government services via smartphones.

Du has already created a working team to support the initiative.
The telco will approach universities and educational institutions in the UAE to nominate a group of their final-year students with suitable qualifications to participate in the initiative, which is open for Emirati and expatriate students.

Du will support the participants by offering training, application development tools and professional mentoring.

Osman Sultan, CEO, Du, said: “Today marks the beginning of a new era. The significance of today’s announcement will be felt in the due course of time with the availability of user-friendly, customer-oriented mobile applications, which will be just a step away to access government services round the clock. At the same time, we believe our efforts will encourage more and more talented students in the UAE to unleash their creative potential and put their knowledge into practice for the benefit of the larger community.