His name is Abdulrahman AlZanki and Yes he is 14 and Yes he is Kuwaiti and Yes he is a teenager and Yes he rides BMX bikes and Yes he develops iPhone apps and Yes he learned it alone and Yes his iPhone game rechead 800,000 downloads.

Abdulrahman AlZanki might be the youngest Arab and Muslim entrepreneur at the age of 14  ( as far as we know) and he is still in 10th grade but aims to go to Stanford once he finishes his high school. ( I do not think he will have any problem getting full scholarship.)

At the age of 11 he started to learn how to make websites, according to Kuwaiti blog p0ach, he always loved playing games but always wondered how these games are made! So it took him  2 weeks to finish his first iPhone game, he didn’t have any programing experience before that, he learned it all by him self.

His flagship free iPhone app Doodle Destroy was his most successful app, the game offers its players a goal to” keep the blue cube on the gray blocks. Tap to destroy the red blocks. While at it, the other blocks may fall or tip over based on real physics action. Good timing and smart thinking will help you to complete your goal.”

With over 800,000 downloads Doodle Destroy reached the top 50 in the US App Store. It also reached the top 5 in many other countries in Europe. Doodle Destroy is averaging about 20,000 downloads per day. My other game “DoodleBounce” was also successful -Top 5- in Canada.

Doodle Destroy is not the only iPhone game developed by Abdulrahman there many more with a price range of 0.99 cents: doodle destroy 2, bowAndArrow 2 , Lines Remover, Flying Taxi, Monkey Mood, Wood Destoryer, Lines Remover 2, Blocks Destoryer2, and Ibannana.

The story of Abdulrahman shows that self driven interest and determination are the main ingredients for success, he made this achievement at the age of 14 while many computer  science graduates at the age of 23+ in Jordan, other Arab countries and even around the world can not write a single clean line of code!

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