Arabic will remain a language of the future, science and innovation thanks to its flexibility and historic role in different cultures, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has said.
Sheikh Mohammed was speaking at the Fifth International Conference for Arabic Language in Dubai, where he also honoured winners of the Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic Language Award.
“If we look at the history of science, mathematics and medical books, we will find that many of them were written in Arabic and translated into other languages,” he said, according to Wam, the state news agency.
“We will also find many Arabic terms that are still in use in foreign languages. This is because the Arabic language is flexible and adaptable.”
Arabic-language institutions must update their approaches to instruction and develop programming to encourage the use of the language in modern fields.
“We want to see collaboration among these institutions to enable the Arabic language to regain its past glories and to again become a global language for culture,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
Dar Al Farah Institute, based in Switzerland, was awarded for the best programme to teach Arabic as a second language, while Saudi Arabia’s National Centre for Assessment in Higher Education was awarded for best initiative to teach Arabic at undergraduate levels.
The UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan Centre won the award in the Arabic reading category. Bait Al Lugha, a language centre in Lebanon, won for best smart application for teaching Arabic.
Other individuals and institutions from countries such as Algeria and Indonesia were awarded.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, also attended the event.
Courtesy: The National