Officials and specialists demand its support to cope with the challenges of digital transformation

Our beautiful language looks to the future at the “Expo Summit”

  • Kazem El-Saher sings the "eternal language" at the opening of the summit.

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Officials and specialists stressed the need to seek to build a work system to chart the future prospects for the language of Dhad, as it is an incubator of Arab identity and culture, pointing to the importance of scientific research, and embodying its results in developing curricula related to our beautiful language.

This came during the sessions of the first session of the Arabic Language Summit, which was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and was launched under the slogan "Dialogue of Societies and Communication of Civilizations", at the Dubai Exhibition Center at "Expo 2020". Dubai".

The guest of honor of the summit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said: “We celebrate this summit in conjunction with the convening of the global platform (Expo 2020 Dubai), and I have the honor to represent the League of Arab States, the oldest Arab system to date, whose first task was to establish the Arabic language as an official language. At the United Nations, until we succeeded in that about 50 years ago, our Arabic language is the secret of our strength, and the essence of our spiritual and religious life, as it is a language open to other languages ​​and beliefs, and at the same time a language that incubates creativity and difference.”

He added, "Our language is able to communicate with different societies, and I saw this in (Expo 2020), which included Arabic and English as official languages ​​of communication."

For her part, the Minister of Culture and Youth, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, said in her opening speech during the summit organized by the Ministry of Culture and Youth in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language: and policies, and honored the creative talents of the Arabic language in its various fields.

She added, "Today, we are seeking to build a joint Arab system of action to lay down a clear future map based on strengthening cooperation, exchanging ideas and experiences, and drawing clear horizons for the future of the language of Dhad."

The events began with a session between Ahmed Aboul Gheit and the President of the Arabic Language Center in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Ali bin Tamim, under the title “Language, Culture and Future Paths”, which discussed the reality of Arabic language and culture in light of digital transformation and the control of social media, in addition to the status of the Arabic language today, and the need to support it And develop them to keep pace with the challenges of modern technology.

The activities of the summit, in which the star Kazem El Saher sang, during its opening, the poem "The Eternal Language" by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, witnessed a session entitled "National Policies for the Arabic Language", on the steps to be taken. To ensure a better future for the Arabic language, determined by common paths among Arab countries.

The speakers stressed the need to enact laws and policies that regulate and support the Arabic language in today's digital world, in addition to the need for the family and school to pay attention to teaching the Arabic language, as well as developing educational curricula in line with the aspirations to preserve the Arabic language as a language of science and knowledge.

On the sidelines of its activities, the summit witnessed the signing of memoranda of understanding between the Ministry of Youth Culture and the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language, as well as between them, Zayed University and Majara Foundation.

The agreements seek to outline ways of cooperation between these parties, in a way that supports and enhances the Arabic language in universities and institutions.

While another session entitled Arabic language and education focused on the importance of funding scientific research that aims to develop methods of teaching Arabic for children, and the need to focus on preparing qualified teachers to teach 100 million students in our Arab world.

The session dealt with the curricula of the Arabic language in a number of Arab countries, and ways to enhance and develop them throughout the Arab world, and to establish a reality that enhances the status of the Arabic language.

She discussed the future of the Arabic language and its importance as an incubator of identity, culture and science.

A session entitled “Arabic Language and Technology” discussed the most important issues of technology in the areas of using and teaching the Arabic language.

Dr. Nizar Habash, Professor of Computer Science at New York University Abu Dhabi, touched on the importance of digitizing Arabic content, and the need to intensify efforts to ensure that Arabs possess the keys to digitizing Arabic content, and to establish economic and service sectors with them that support this trend.

Ahmed Aboul Gheit:

• “Our language is able to communicate with different societies, and I saw this in (Expo 2020), which included Arabic and English as official languages ​​of communication.”

Noura Al Kaabi:

• "The UAE has put the Arabic language on the top of its priorities, launched initiatives, and honored creative talents in their various fields."

"Reading Challenge" of the greatest initiatives

Dr. Hanada Taha, Professor of the Arabic Language Chair at Zayed University, said during a session at the Arabic Language Summit, about the role of reading in promoting students’ education in the early stages, and the importance of initiatives stimulating reading, “The (Arab Reading Challenge) initiative is one of the greatest initiatives, and we must focus on Reading books.

And understanding the meaning, and workshops must be held to discuss the content of these books, and students who do not master reading until the fourth grade face difficulty in learning until the secondary stage, where the student learns through reading.”