The Department of Education participated in the 2nd
Arabic Language Conference held recently in Dubai under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The Conference was organized with the participation of the Arabic Language International Council, UNESCO, the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, the Association of Arab Universities, and ALESCO. The Conference consisted of 5 main sessions and 63 seminars, with 372 scholarly presentations delivered in the presence of nearly 1,000 delegates from approximately 70 countries.
Prof. Dr. Hassan Mustafa, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, said this conference helps promote and protect the Arabic language by re-connecting Arabic communities with their language which keeps their identity, enhances their loyalty to their homelands and Arabic culture and maintains their frames of reference, principles and values.
Dr. Mohammed Saeed Hasab El Nabi, Chair of the Department of Education and member of the Arabic Language International Council, explained that this year's conference reflects UAE’s interest in preserving the Arabic language. He added that it is in line with the initiatives launched by H.H. Vice President Sheikh Mohammed to form the Advisory Board of the Arabic language, work on the development of digital content, teach the language to non-Arabic speakers, and work on translating innovations and intellectual studies into Arabic. The event also promotes the development of better methods for teaching the Arabic language.
Dr. El Nabi added four faculty members presented papers in the conference: Dr. Mohamed Saeed, Dr. Saleh Alnusairat, Dr. Teirab Alshareef, and Dr. Basem Albdairat – a fact which he hopes will contribute significantly to Arabic maintenance and the enhancement of its role in the community.