Page 3 - Al Tijarah - December 2018
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Editorial Message

                        The UAE has celebrated this month the UN Arabic Language Day. It is on 18th December 1973 when the UN
                        General Assembly approved Arabic to become the 6th UN official Language besides English, French, Russian, Chinese
                        and Spanish. Thus the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided in 2010 to observe
                        on 18th December every year this event as part of its efforts to celebrate “multilingualism and cultural diversity as
                        well as to promote equal use of the (UN) … official working languages.”

                        His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler
                        of Dubai said on this occasion “We have national agenda for the Arabic Language, and we have issued directives to
                        work further through studies and initiatives to cement the Arabic Language  as a language of life.”

                        Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi,
                        who is also chairman of the Sharjah-based Arabic Language Academy has announced on this occasion establishment
                        of the Arabic Language Association. The new association will include prominent Arabic linguists and researchers
                        from various Arab countries aiming to support and promote the Arabic language. Sharjah is also sponsoring the
                        Arab Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (AESCO) Award for Arabic Language and Lexical Studies.
                        The award's second edition ceremony held recently at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris was attended by H.H.
                        the Sharjah Ruler in which he described 18th December as 'a glorious day'. H.H. the Ruler noted that the linguistic
                        projects undertaken by the AESCO have reached high status and that the award witnessed increased international
                        interest by Arabic linguists.

                        Also on this occasion Dubai Government launched 'Bil Arabi' (in Arabic) initiative which aims to counter decline in the
                        usage of Arabic and spread of grammatical and spelling mistakes in social media channels and by certain calligraphers.
                        Stress is on the long history of the Arabic language and its contributions to the world literature, philosophy and
                        science for more than 1500 years. Above all Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur'an which will always remain
                        as a guarantee for preserving the principles and grammatical rules of the language. The prominent ancient Arabic
                        language grammarian Sibawaihi in his famous reference book on grammar 'Al Kitab' based most of his quotations of
                        grammatical rules on Holy Qur'an verses.

                        Columnist of the Sharjah-based Arabic daily Al Khaleej Dr. Hassan Madan said that decline in the Arabic language
                        usage is due to Arabic language teaching in our schools. He stressed importance of treating Arabic language as a
                        major subject in our educational institutions as the main method for spreading and promoting wide usage of Arabic.


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