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ADGMA, ADDA, and ADSG launch Abu Dhabi Digital Programme To Aid Digital Transformation

Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in November of 2020, The Department of Government Support represented by Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) & Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Global Market Academy (ADGMA), have launched their first joint initiative, the Abu Dhabi Digital Programme. Through a multiple tiered learning journey, the programme aims to provide government employees with the most in-demand digital skills required to transform the Abu Dhabi government and economy into a knowledge-driven, global digital leader.

As part of the initiative, the ADGMA, ADDA and ADSG will invite government employees to take part in the programme, resulting in the provision of the Digital Transformation Certification, comprising of three levels, which include Awareness, Application and Strategic phases. Each level is tailored to educate and certify participants on a number of disruptive digital technologies and concepts, such as Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Data Sciences, and fintech, and aims to develop participants’ digital readiness skills and equip them with digital specialisation certifications.

H.E. Mansoor Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Executive Director – Strategic Planning Sector at ADDA, said, “Digital Literacy is no longer a simple matter of adding value to existing systems, but rather, because of the rapid growth of digitisation in today’s fast-moving world, it has become a staple requirement for all government employees who wish to be the next generation of digitally-aware and technology-driven young professionals.

“ADDA, as the body entrusted with leading the digital future of Abu Dhabi, is delighted to be an integral part of the process of achieving the goals of Abu Dhabi’s digital literacy strategy, collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Global Market Academy and the Abu Dhabi School of Government to develop and deliver this series of carefully curated programmes specifically designed to enable, promote and stimulate Abu Dhabi’s journey of digital transformation.

“By participating in the Abu Dhabi Digital Program, these dynamic and talented young Emiratis will be pioneers in the reshaping of our society for the future, delivering innovative digital solutions for the future needs of businesses and citizens alike.” 

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded with the Foundations of Digital Transformation Certification, ultimately equipping these employees with in-demand job skills and aiding in the UAE’s employability targets.

Hamad Sayah Al Mazrouei, COO of ADGM and Managing Director of the ADGMA, said: “Our launch of the Abu Dhabi Digital Programme comes at a timely juncture as emerging and disruptive technologies continue to shape the regional and global public and private sectors. The ADGMA is pleased to be leveraging its synergies with ADDA and ADSG in taking this landmark initiative forward as we collectively contribute to Abu Dhabi’s digital ambitions. Through the programme, we look to equip eager, capable government employees with the necessary insights and knowledge to utilise and navigate pertinent digital technologies and concepts, such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and fintech. Underpinned by a world-class curriculum and expert specialists, we are confident that this programme will be instrumental in Abu Dhabi’s ongoing efforts to develop a knowledge-based economy, in service of the emirate’s continued growth.”

Participants will begin the certification journey with the Awareness Level, which is designed for all government employees with basic digital skills and experience in emerging technologies. After completing the Awareness Level, participants will transition to the Application Level, wherein they will be able to specialise and become certified practitioners in the areas of artificial intelligence, data science, cybersecurity, or fintech. Lastly, employees will undergo the Strategic Level of the programme, where they will join one of three digital leadership tracks, including the Future Digital Leader Program, the Young Digital Leader Program, and the Executive Digital Leadership Program.

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded with the Digital Transformation Certification, ultimately equipping Abu Dhabi’s workforce with in-demand job skills and strengthening the UAE’s employability targets.

In similar news, The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Registration Authority (RA), and the Registrar of Companies in the Israeli Corporations Authority, have entered into a Statement of Co-operation (SoC) with an aim of facilitating an influx of business opportunities between both jurisdictions and enhancing their respective registration functions. The MoU was signed by Dhaher bin Dhaher Al Mheiri, Chief Executive Officer of the ADGM Registration Authority, and Sigal Golan Atir, Registrar of Companies in the Israeli Corporations Authority.

The SoC will aim to promote a closer and wider partnership between Israeli and UAE businesses and companies. It will also allow the sharing of professional knowledge and the provision of mutual assistance between the authorities, which is necessary to facilitate the performance of the respective registration authorities’ functions.

Commenting on the agreement, Dhaher bin Dhaher Al Mheiri, CEO of the ADGM Registration Authority, said: “In light of the UAE’s momentous signing of the Abraham Accords, we at ADGM are pleased to partner with the Registrar of Companies in the Israeli Corporations Authority to facilitate and realise the benefits arising from the increase of joint relations these two jurisdictions. We are confident that this agreement will result in fruitful outcomes for entities residing in both the UAE and Israel, serving as a gateway to valuable expansion and investment opportunities across both thriving business hubs and the wider region.

“This agreement is a further testament to ADGM’s ongoing efforts to enhance our expansive network of international partners, in which Israel is a key stakeholder. The RA’s entering of this agreement will look to leverage the synergies between our respective jurisdictions across the high potential areas such as fintech and entrepreneurship, and as well as each jurisdiction’s progressive regulatory frameworks, to facilitate mutual growth.”

The agreement was signed following an understanding of the need to enhance cooperation between the parties in light of the large volume of business expected between the two jurisdictions countries.


  • Polly is a journalist, content creator and general opinion holder from North Wales. She has written for a number of publications, usually hovering around the topics of fintech, tech, lifestyle and body positivity.

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