Our identity linked to Arabic: Shaikh Mohammed

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Our identity linked to Arabic: Shaikh Mohammed

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced on Monday an integrated strategy to establish the UAE as a global ‘centre of excellence’ for Arabic language.

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Published: Wed 25 Apr 2012, 1:22 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:59 PM

Shaikh Mohammed, Shaikh Hamdan, Shaikh Maktoum, Shaikh Ahmed, Shaikh Nahyan and other guests during the launch of initiatives to promote the use of Arabic language in Dubai on Monday. — Wam

The announcement was made at the opening session of the first Mohammed bin Rashid Policies Council, a new channel of communications with the community and a platform for creative and innovative ideas.

Underlining the 2,000-year heritage of Arabic, Shaikh Mohammed said that a focus on nurturing the language is important to uphold the Emirati national identity for future generations.

He explained that the new initiatives are in line with UAE Vision 2021 that aims at all-round development while promoting national identity and cultural cohesiveness.

“Our national identity is integrally linked to the Arabic language, which serves as an effective medium to express our values, culture and heritage. Promoting the language will enable our future generations to connect with our roots, society and values more effectively,” said Shaikh Mohammed.

Shaikh Mohammed announced wide ranging initiatives to promote the use of Arabic including the setting up of an Arabic Language Charter and the formation of an international committee of experts to promote Arabic as the language of science and technology.

He said that an Advisory Council, headed by the Minister of Culture, will implement the new Arabic Language Charter. The objective of the Charter is to protect the essence of the language and enhance its usage.

Other initiatives announced by Shaikh Mohammed include the setting up of a dedicated educational facility at Zayed University to promote Arabic education for non-Arabic speakers, and establishing a Faculty of Translation at the Mohammed bin Rashid Media College.

The Zayed University facility will network with international universities and educational centres to also enable student transfer to the UAE for learning Arabic. The Faculty of Translation is envisaged to become the hub for Arabic translation services in the region, which will offer quality educational materials for students.

Shaikh Mohammed announced plans to enhance Arabic content online through the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). Poetry, story, calligraphy and reading competitions for school students will also be rolled out under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.

The international committee of experts to revive Arabic as the language of science and technology will be headed by Dr Farouk El Baz. The committee will recommend strategies to modernise scientific learning methods through Arabic that will benefit people across the Arab world.

Meanwhile, talking to members of the Arabic Language Protection Society Shaikh Mohammed reiterated his support for all individual and collective efforts to promote Arabic language in the UAE.

Describing Arabic as “our national and pan-Arab identity and a source of pride and therefore all those concerned must preserve it and protect it from tampering and negligence,” Shaikh Mohammed urged protection of the essence of the language and enhance its usage.

“Our society needs educated people who are armed with the language of the Holy Quran,” he said.

He gave directives to extend support by all public and private institutions to the efforts of the Society which organizes Arabic language training courses and lectures and provides opportunities to national youth to enhance their education.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Bilal Al Bodour briefed Shaikh Mohammed on the activities of the 700-member Arabic Language Protection Society.

Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group; Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs; and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.

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