Syrian refugee gets $1 million coding prize from Sheikh Hamdan

A Syrian refugee has won $1 million in prize money after winning the One Million Arab Coders Challenge.

Mahmoud Shahoud, 32, fled Syria in 2013 and only discovered coding in 2018 after being offered a free course. But he counted the past four years when he won the UAE’s global coding contest.

He spends half of his money on his tech-focused start-up in Dubai. And he gives the other half of the money to help children orphaned by the Syrian civil war.

What a legend!

Sheikh Hamdan, the Crown Prince of Dubai, was on hand to congratulate Mr Shahoud at the awards ceremony at the Museum of the Future.

coding is the fastest way for Arab youth to realize their dreams. Coding creates the future,” Sheikh Hamdan said on Twitter.

The numbers behind the content are very impressive. In total, 1.85 million Arabs from 80 different countries took part in the competition.

And as Sheikh Hamdan said, ‘The Challenge opens up new opportunities for Arab youth and offers them a new way to achieve their dreams.’

The UAE has been a strong supporter of encryption in recent years, with Sheikh Mohammed announcing that the country 100,000 gold visas to encourage programmers to come to Dubai.

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