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The UAE has enhanced the level of protection and development of the Arabic language with a set of practical initiatives and programs that have restored the Arabic language its deserved place among the languages of the world, and proved its ability to keep pace with the waves of modernization in the current era. Today, the UAE celebrates the International Day of the Arabic Language, which falls on December 18 of each year, and in its record a march full of achievements that contributed to the preservation and real advancement of the Arabic language at various levels and the consolidation of its position in the local community and on a global scale.
The vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, and his care for the Arabic language constitute the essence of the initiatives and unremitting efforts made by the UAE for a long time to preserve the Arabic language, and this vision formed the road map that all relevant institutions followed in the task of advancing Arabic and its protection.
The Charter of the Arabic Language, announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in April 2012, is a milestone in the UAE’s march and its efforts to protect the Arabic language due to the package of valuable and practical initiatives it included, with the aim of promoting Presence of “the language of the enemy” in all areas of life.
Also in 2012, His Highness announced the establishment of the Advisory Council for the Arabic Language. His Highness also launched a package of motivational initiatives to enhance the status of the Arabic language, including the establishment of the Arabic Language Teaching Modernization Committee, which consists of educators and academic experts who present proposals for new educational methods for Arabic language curricula, and the launch of a lexicon. Mohammed bin Rashid for the Contemporary Arabic Language, the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for the Arabic Language, the Arab Reading Challenge initiative, the “Bil Arabi” tag initiative, and others.
The initiatives also included the establishment of a translation college within the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid College of Media at the American University in Dubai, and the establishment of an institute for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers.
In an unprecedented achievement, the “Madrasa” digital educational platform, which is part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global initiatives within the education axis, announced the completion of 1,000 video lessons of the Arabic language and the achievement of 14 million views within a year of its pledge to provide qualitative content within the reach of Arab students before the end of 2020.
The International Day of the Arabic Language this year coincides with the launch of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the first 17 volumes of the “Historical Dictionary of the Arabic Language”, which is the major linguistic project sponsored by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, and dates for the first time The vocabulary of the language of Daad and the transformations of its use over the past 17 centuries.
A website and smart application have been dedicated to the historical dictionary of the Arabic language, in which each researcher can see what has been accomplished in this dictionary, and search for the words and texts he wants.
The Society for the Protection of the Arabic Language in Sharjah represents the link between all institutions and bodies and a forum for individuals, to arouse interest in the issues of the Arabic language. Inside and outside the country, in order to teach language and literature skills, including poetry, prose, literary writing, and journalism to Arabic speakers.
The Arabic language is one of the most spoken languages in the Semitic language group, and one of the most prevalent languages in the world, as it is spoken by more than 422 million people, distributed mainly in the Arab world, in addition to many neighboring geographical areas, and the United Nations will organize tomorrow at Expo 2020 Dubai Festive events in the Arabic language, its beauty and value. The events highlight the importance of preserving the heritage of the Arabic language and supporting its use in global political, economic and cultural affairs.
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