Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 November 2023: The General Women's Union (GWU) and Maqta Gateway, part of AD Ports Group’s (ADX: ADPORTS) Digital Cluster jointly held the closing day of the ATLG 5.0 training programme with an exceptional event - an Innovation Hackathon. Introduced for the first time ever to conclude ATLG training, the Hackathon was a great opportunity for interns to collaborate and use their learnings, in addition to igniting interest from young UAE nationals towards UAE’s ambition of trade digitalisation through advanced technologies and innovations. ATLG or Advanced Trade and Logistics Graduate programme launched in 2020 on the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation “Mother of the Nation”, is a flagship initiative which has witnessed the graduation of 4 batches and 170 interns. President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation “Mother of the Nation”, which was established in 2020 on the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day, and witnessed the graduation of 4 batches with the participation of 170 members participated in the training program. The total number of members in all five batches reached 261 members, and an overwhelming 5,500 applications for enrollment. More than 2,500 training sessions were organized, recording more than 105 thousand training hours, and the interns received over 1,100 accredited certificates. The interns were involved in crucial l projects related to AD Ports Group, including the Advanced Trade and Logistic Platform “ATLP” which was at the top of the list.
The key differentiating aspect of ATLG 5.0 was its inclusivity, welcoming both women and men and accommodating the rising demand from men to benefit from this unique opportunity. The programme received 91 interns from a diverse range of fields, including Full Stack Developers, Technical Writers, Systems and Networking Administrators, Quality Assurance and Testing Specialists, Project Coordinators, Graphic Designers, Data Scientists, Customer Service Representatives, Business Analysts, Application Security Specialists, Artificial Intelligence Specialists, Scrum Masters, Account Manageress, and Application and Data Engineers.
Her Excellency Noura Al-Suwaidi, Secretary-General of the General Women's Union (GWU), expressed her happiness with the creative projects and ideas mentioned, “’ Innovation Hackathon’ concludes ATLG 5.0 and heralds a promising future for the loyal sons and daughters of this great nation to achieve the UAE's aspirations of sustainable growth, under the guidance of its wise leadership based on knowledge, innovation and future technological applications.” Her Excellency added: " ATLG is a pioneering model for national initiatives, aimed at enhancing the presence of women and raising their place in technical fields related to trade and logistics, thereby contributing to the achievement of the guidance and vision of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak "Mother of Nation" by enabling women to participate effectively in the country's development process.
"Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, CEO of Digital Cluster and CEO of Maqta Gateway, AD Ports Group, said: "We always strive to further develop the ATLG training programme through continuous enhancements, that enrich the experience of the interns and boost the human capital of the UAE, while enhancing its global competitiveness in shaping the future. We are honored to partner with the General Women's Union for the training of young UAE nationals. We are confident that this intensive training period will fuel their career paths by providing a glimpse into the corporate world, which requires rapid development of new skills to keep pace with progress and be future-ready." she added.
Eng. Ghalya Al-Mannaee, Chairwoman of the Strategic and Development Affairs Committee of the General Women's Union, Director of Digital Innovation Laboratory at Maqta Gateway, AD Ports Group and Executive Director of the initiative ‘ATLG’, said that investing in building specialised national cadres and preparing them to meet the requirements of future jobs, is a top priority of the training programme ‘ATLG’, which operates under a forward-looking plan to qualify a generation capable of leading digital trade and logistics. ATLG is the primary incubator for nurturing the achievements and creativity of the country's young men and women by providing a supportive environment. She continued: "We are working to translate the main directions of the National Policy for Women's Empowerment in the UAE by integrating women into the labour market and the sectors of the future in a balanced manner, taking into account their roles and needs as we enhance the skills of the nation's youth. Through this sustainable initiative, we aim to qualify national cadres in the field of digital transformation, create a supportive and stimulating environment and develop leaders who can participate in the country’s journey of digital, technical and scientific excellence.
A number of participants in "ATLG" training programme highlighted the importance of the program, which included a series of various workshops and activities that contributed to the acquisition of knowledge and skills from various educational, scientific, workshops and other projects. Abdelaziz Al-Shakili, an intern in the 5th batch said: "I was keen to join the fifth batch of the program, which included a wide variety of scientific, educational and other training programmes, and to prepare various projects that contributed to the development of skills and capacities of participants within the program, as well as to increase their level of awareness in order to prepare a new generation and promises capable of driving development and development in various fields.