Cabinet approves setting up Consultative Council for Arabic Language

ABU DHABI: The UAE Cabinet has approved the setting up of the Consultative Council for Arabic Language in line with directives from Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The decision reflects the vision of the prudent leadership and reflects efforts by the federal government to preserve the national identity promote Arabic language in the UAE through innovative methods as per the best practices.

The Cabinet’s Resolution No. 8/184W/27 for 2012 appoints Minister of Youth, Culture and Community Development Abdul Rehman Al Owais as chairman of the new Council for a three-year term.

The council’s members are: Assistant Undersecretary for Arts and Culture at the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Community Development Bilal Rabea Al Budoor, Head of the Curricula Department at the Ministry of Education Sheikha Kholoud Al Qassimi, Head of the Arabic Language Institute for Non-Native Speakers at Zayed University Dr. Obaid Ali Bin Butti Al Muhairi, Editor-in-Chief of Albayan newspaper Dhaen Shaheen, Professor at The UAE University Fatima Hamad Al Mazrouei and writer Nasser Ali Khamis Al Dhaheri.

The new advisory council will be responsible for proposing and discussing projects on preserving Arabic language, supporting initiatives for the implementation of guidelines and recommendations outlined in the Arab Language Charter, coordination among governmental and private bodies on the implementation of the charter as well as for submitting a periodical report on progress made in this regard.

Last April, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid launched a number of initiatives aimed at preserving and promoting Arabic language. These include an Arabic Language Charter, the formation of a council to implement the principles of charter, nurturing all efforts to promote Arabic language, reviving the use of Arabic as the language of science and technology, supporting creative students, launching a faculty for translation as well as an online initiative to enhance Arabic content on the internet.