Khaleej Times: He Teaches UAE Kids to Make Games Rather Than Play Them

Dubai resident Omar Farooqui, a Saudi national, was an investment banker two years ago, but his son inspired him to start something of a movement here in Dubai. He founded what he calls the Uber or Careem of education and named his alternative education company Coded Minds, wherein he and his team of 20-25 young teachers partner with schools and provide them with coding courses on their premises.

Since the time his son started schooling in the US, Omar said he noticed a marked difference in his computer skills. “My son turned into a computer whiz and a very smart hacker. And I noticed a lot of flourishing coding academies in the US, which made me realize that it was important to develop these skills in our students, because 20 years from now, if our graduates do not have these hands-on computer skills, then they might not be part of the job force.

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