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UAE: Hub for startup success stories

The UAE startup industry is all set to witness more success stories such as Careem as the region offers tremendous potential, said Lathika Pai, country head, Microsoft for Startups Mena, who was on her official visit here for Microsoft’s Ignite conference.

The two-day event – which concluded on Thursday – offered upwards of 100 workshops and more than 350 globally renowned experts to delegates looking to expand their skillsets or discuss important issues facing the technology industry. 
Pai, a strong supporter of women entreprenuers and empowerment, said: “Microsoft is here to support the UAE’s startup ecosystem through our programmes where we offer expertise at local as well as global level. Investors are surely looking more to invest in the UAE as the success stories continue to emerge, specially post Careem-Uber deal.

The Microsoft Ignite Tour was focused on assembling developers and IT professionals to learn, explore and connect with the community and gain practical insights into the future of areas in technology such as cloud, data, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

Another focus of the Ignite Tour’s Dubai stopover was the Diversity and Technology track, which explores how diverse and inclusive workplaces can be a springboard, not only for corporate success, but for job creation and GDP growth. Ignite attendees had the chance to unlock their own potential for promoting diversity-and-inclusion initiatives within their own organisations when they hear from industry specialists with track records on making a difference.

Microsoft has long dedicated itself to the upskilling of the region’s students and professionals. The company’s training track went live at the beginning of this month, resulting in 18,000 new Cloud Society members from the GCC, 89,000 course enrolments and 4,400 new certified professionals.

Learning paths open to Microsoft Ignite | The Tour – Dubai delegates include: Azure fundamentals; building and maintaining Azure hybrid environments; developing Microsoft 365 applications and integrations; building and migrating applications to the cloud; and securing digital estates. Attendees can also schedule one-to-one meetings with Microsoft engineers, regional developers, entrepreneurs and tech professionals. 

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