The World Organization for Renaissance of Arabic Language (WORAL) is set to celebrate World Arabic Language Day 2016 with a series of talks and performances on 21 December at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
The theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘Strengthening the Scope of Arabic’, and will feature a seminar on the preservation of the Arabic language, as well as a school show, a choir performance, and a poetry session by Mohamed Ibrahim Al Sada and Mohamed Abdel Bari.
Dr Ali Al Kubaisi, Director General of WORAL, said: "Arabic language is one of the six official languages of the United Nations; it is also the language of the Holy Qur'an. Arabic has enriched the world in the fields of literature, arts and science, and is an inspiration to civilisation. We are proud to celebrate this day, and will continue to promote and preserve the Arabic language on all platforms, especially digital.”
The annual celebration by WORAL, an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is open to the public and aims to enhance the cultural and educational aspects of community development through the teaching and learning of the Arabic language.
HE Dr Abdulaziz Al-Subai'ei, Chair of the Board of Trustees of WORAL, will deliver the keynote speech at the event. Other attendees will include Dr Mohammed Bechari, Dean of the Ibn Sina Institute for Humanities, France, and prominent poets Mohammed Ibrahim Al Sada and Mohammad Abdul Bari.
World Arabic Language Day, which falls on 18 December every year, commemorates the United Nations Organisation’s 1973 approval of listing Arabic as one its official languages.