Apple picks Riyadh for its MENA Developer Academy HQ

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Apple has revealed a new phase in the Apple Developer Academy’s international expansion as it will establish its first Apple Developer Academy headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital following the launch of the program in South Korea earlier this year.

Saudi Arabia will host the first Apple Developer Academy branch in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), which will be dedicated to female programmers and developers in order to empower women and the substantial social reforms of 2030 Vision.

The Saudi Federation For Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), represented by Tuwaiq Academy, has formed an exceptional alliance with Princess Nora bint Abdurrahman University (PNU).

PNU President Dr. Einas bint Suleiman Al-Eisa expressed her delight at the partnership, which affirms the Kingdom’s excellence and strength in the region.

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Abdullah Al-Swaha stated that, “This qualitative move is an investment in the digital minds and skills of our girls in their journey of building the innovative future of the nation and the transformation towards an economy based on innovation and digital transformation.”

The Apple Developer Academy is a program that prepares students for careers in programming and design for iOS, macOS, and other Apple platforms. There are classes on the Swift programming language, as well as interface prototyping and other topics. The iPhone maker oversees everything, and students have the option of listing their apps on the App Store.

The first Apple Developer Academy was established in Brazil in 2013, and it has since grown to include the United States and South Korea.

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