Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum honoured the winners of the third edition of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Arabic Language Award, and the inauguration of the sixth International Conference on Arabic Language (ICAL).
His Highness Arabic language will remain the language of the future, science and innovation because it is notable for its flexibility that helped it play a key role in different civilisations. His Highness also said that institutions and individuals should intensify efforts to support Arabic language, adding that he hope Arabic language will be adopted as one of the official languages across the institutions and governments across the world.
Dr Hassan Al Shamarani from King Saud University in Riyadh won the best Arabic learning initiative for non-native speakers. Other winners included UAE University, Reema Zuheir Kurdi, Al Manara Global Library, among other winners.
The event was attended by Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chief Executive of Emirates Group His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation His Highness Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future and Secretary General of The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives Mohammed Al Gergawi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Health and Prevention Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Cabinet Member and Minister of Education Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, and Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Public Education Jameela bint Salem Mesbeh Al Muhairi.
The two-days event discusses the state of the Arab language and ways to improve it. The conference is part of Sheikh Mohammad’s endeavour to enhance the importance and position of the Arabic language given the significance of the language’s cultural, historical and civilisational identity for the Arab word. The conference is also part of the UAE Vision 2021, which strives to make the UAE a centre of excellence for the Arabic language. The conference has more than 172 sessions and lectures that discuss all matters relating to Arabic language.