DAMAC is more than just a leader in the Arab business world, they are also a valuable member of the philanthropic community supporting causes and initiatives through the UAE and the middle east, as well as well as organizations that help benefit mankind and the world at large. DAMAC has a strong commitment to its corporate responsibility initiatives and is a respected partner with a wide variety of organizations and entities.
Some of DAMAC’s partnership and interactions in recent years have been the donation of 10 apartments (total value of AED 10M) to the Dubai Cares Initiative, as well as more than AED 1M for the benefit of building a high tech care facility for children with Autism. The DAMAC owner, though the Hussain Sajwani Foundation has further donated more than AED 3M for other causes that are of vital need to the people of the Arab world.
One of the most important initiatives that DAMAC is involved with is the “One Million Arab Coders Initiative”. OMAC is an integrated educational program designed to train students in the art of software coding. Each phase or cohort, lasts three months and includes its own specialized software and curriculum. The initiative addresses a key concern of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Vision 2021, which is a vision for the empowerment of a modern UAE society through the expansion of skill development, education, and social reform. This is an initiative that is especially close to the heart of Hussain Sajwani, DAMAC owner since he himself had opportunities granted to him to excel well beyond his station in life when he was a young man. It was whose opportunities that led him to not be a shopkeeper like his father, but rather one of the richest and most powerful men in the world. With OMEC, the Arab world in general and the UAE specifically, will be in a better position to take advantage of the new global economy and digital global community. Sajwani is proud to partner with his highness in this program and as DAMAC owner, he had the resources and influence at his disposal to make it an overwhelming success. There are four district paths that the student can follow:
- App Developer
- Front End Web Developer
- Full Stack Web Developer
- Data Analytics
The first cohort successfully completed on April 23, 2018. More than 100,000 students were enrolled and completion rates were well over 90%. The application process for the second cohort is open now.
The OMAC campaign is just one way that Hussain Sajwani and DAMAC are keeping true to their pledge of corporate responsibility and philanthropy.