The statement was introduced to mark World Arabic Language Day
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday launched the United Arab Emirates Declaration on the Arabic Language in the United Arab Emirates pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020.
The declaration was introduced in the presence of Arab ministers of culture on the occasion of World Arabic Language Day, and in parallel with the 22nd session of the Conference of Ministers responsible for cultural affairs in the Arab world.
Sheikh Mohammed tweeted: “Today I attended the Arabic Language Summit, organized by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, at Expo 2020 Dubai, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Arab League and Arab Ministers of Culture The Arabic language is a language of beauty, culture and civilization and a summit is certainly not enough “.
“We signed the United Arab Emirates Declaration on the Arabic Language. It is our declaration to commit to working together to improve the status of the language which represents our identity, our culture and our science, ”he added.
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The declaration was launched in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Governor of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.
The event was also attended by Mohammad Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs; Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth; and Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Executive Director of Expo 2020.
The declaration was signed by Sheikh Mohammed with Ahmed Abul Gheit, secretary general of the Arab League, Mohamed Ould Amar, director general of the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO), and Al Kaabi, and president of the 22nd session of the Conference of Ministers responsible for cultural affairs in the Arab world. The declaration aims to establish a unified roadmap for various institutions in Arab countries.
Al Kaabi presented Sheikh Mohammed with the UAE Arab Language Declaration and Ministry of Culture and Youth efforts to preserve Arabic and strengthen its presence internationally.
Al Kaabi said: “The first edition of the report on the status and future of the Arabic language revealed the need for greater cooperation and coordination among Arab nations through proper language planning and common Arab action. Today, we are taking an important step in that direction to implement the report’s recommendations by launching the UAE Arabic Language Declaration, which represents a comprehensive roadmap covering all areas related to the Arabic language. “
She added: “The UAE Arabic Language Declaration is a benchmark for officials in Arab countries to launch initiatives and projects that preserve the Arabic language, strengthen its presence in the world and encourage its use among generations. futures. It also promotes the use of Arabic in digital technology. space and associated industries while encouraging the use of technology in education and dissemination of the Arabic language.
Last year, the Ministry of Culture and Youth launched a study on the status and future of the Arabic language to draft a report with the participation of 15 media organizations, 10 language universities and 18 universities across the world ; 65 educational institutions from around the world contributed to the report.
The Arab Declaration of the United Arab Emirates has 10 principles:
1. The Arabic language is intrinsic to our Arabic identity. It connects us to our history and our heritage and reflects the richness and diversity of our society. Standard Arabic and its dialects interact in a unique way, which is a highlight of our civilization, culture, literature, and the arts. Language is a means of communication and understanding between our peoples, an expression of the aspirations and dreams of our young people, a voice of their feelings and a pillar of the prosperity of our society and our economy.
2. The second principle concerns the teaching and learning of the Arabic language. Develop new methodologies for teaching and learning the language in schools and treating it as a constitutive element of our society and our economy. Work with specialized research centers to introduce modern study programs based on international best practices. Develop programs for Arabic language teachers to improve their skills to teach the language in a scientific way that facilitates its learning and makes it accessible and relevant to new generations.
3. The third principle concerns Arabic content. The Declaration underlined the importance of improving the quality of Arabic content on the Internet as it has a huge impact on the development of society. Investing in digital publishing institutions, adopting sustainable and viable business models in collaboration with governments and knowledge institutions and providing Arab users with useful and reliable content that helps them in their lives and work.
4. The fourth principle is the technology of the Arabic language. The future requires a digital infrastructure that integrates the use of Arabic in technological applications. This will be achieved through cooperation between research centers and companies and by investing in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning models and language thesaurus to build a comprehensive language system that covers all aspects of this diverse language.
5. The fifth principle concerns industries linked to the Arabic language. Education, media and publishing are key partners of policy makers and economists in promoting the use of the Arabic language. There is a need to introduce development grants and build a sophisticated investment framework where intellectual property rights are enforced to fight piracy and encourage the role of private institutions in business development, distribution and commercialization. of these models.
6. The sixth principle concerns translation services. Translation plays a key role in the transfer, localization and dissemination of knowledge and intercultural communication. It enriches the Arabic language with new expressions, compositions and terms influencing society, economy, education and media. The development and investment in translation services for Arabic is necessary to improve its contribution to knowledge at the global level.
7. The seventh principle deals with Arabic and science. The language which was in the past an incubator of research and discovery in its societies, today needs to make modern knowledge available in Arabic in order to forge a bright future for the next generation. Invest in the translation of scientific and research documents to make them available to our researchers and scientists and translate their work into other languages so that scientific networks can access them in other languages.
8. The eighth principle is Arabic as a world language. Arabic is one of the most widely used languages in the world and a major language of communication and a pillar of our cultural identity. It should be strengthened as a vehicle for cultural exchange, reflection and knowledge by establishing global partnerships with academic institutions and cultural centers and supporting their educational efforts on a global scale.
9. The ninth principle concerns national benchmarks and policies. Arab societies need solid language planning, developed by governments and community institutions, to translate into language policies in the areas of education, media and public discourse as well as industries related to the Arabic language. . Cooperation between research entities in various countries to assess its progress according to their standards.
10. The tenth and last principle is devoted to the declaration on the future of the Arabic language because Arabic is a language of grandparents and children, which is called to develop and change like any other living language. It is the language of religion and heritage, just as it is the language used by millions of people as a medium of communication, a language of economics, art and science. We rely on its past to shape its future with confidence and faith. The aim is to establish modern approaches to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that the language faces today.