By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson
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Bin Tamim: “Advancing our vision”
SSeveral notable developments come to us from the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center in the United Arab Emirates, as the center concludes its participation in the 53rd edition of the Cairo International Book Fair, which concluded on Monday (February 7th).
The show is produced by the General Egyptian Book Organization, and the contribution of the Arabic Language Center was highlighted with a keynote address by Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Chairman of the Language Center and Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, during the conference entitled Translate from Arabic: A bridge between civilizations, our books enlighten the world.
The center also participated in three of the conference workshops: “Arabic books in the world’s libraries: reality and ambition, with Abdullah Majid Al Ali, acting director general of the national archives; “Difficulties and opportunities of translation from Arabic” with journalist Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, acting executive director of the center; and “What does a foreign publisher want and what do we name?”
The center’s programming also incorporated it into the show’s Arabic-language cultural retreat, which featured Bin Tamim alongside the leadership of the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation, the Academy of Arabic language (based in Cairo) and the General Egyptian Book Organization.
The outcomes of the retreat discussions include recommendations regarding support for academies, centers and organizations working with Arabic language, translation and Arabization.
The retreat participants also urged publishing houses and various media not to submit to the domination of social media, but rather engage in the development of the Arabic language itself. Participants also called for investing in smart apps focused on the Arabic language, with contests to reward the best Arabic teaching app, in addition to establishing a ‘media watchdog’ to monitor the language. Arabic and its use in traditional and new media.
During the fair, the center presented several publications of the Kalima project to be translated.
Taken as a whole, Bin Tamim said: “The extensive program of activities we have prepared for the Cairo International Book Fair reflects the high regard we hold for this prestigious cultural event, the largest of its kind in the region. .
“The center’s participation has been a great success, advancing our vision to support the translation and publishing industries, and to drive Arabic language development regionally and globally.
“To achieve this, we are committed to participating in premier events that bring together industry leaders and global cultural pioneers.”
New partnership: research and advice on trends
During the Cairo Fair, the Arabic Language Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi-based research organization Trends Research & Advisory.
The agreement is to see the two entities work together to position Arabic as a leading language on the international stage.
ALC’s mandate is to promote the use of the Arabic language around the world, aided by initiatives with partners. Based in Abu Dhabi TRENDS Research & Advisory analyzes opportunities and challenges at the geopolitical and economic level, and to measure the impact of the most pressing issues facing the world today. The two entities should collaborate on scientific research, expert exchange programs, and joint scientific and research events relevant to advancing the Arabic language.
In a prepared statement, Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ali, the founding CEO of Trends Research & Advisory, is quoted as saying, “This agreement with the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi will open wider opportunities for cooperation in scientific fields. and cultural to advance the Arabic language.
“It will also extend to supporting cultural and research activities, ultimately achieving our common scientific and research goals by promoting joint efforts to spread the Arabic language and improve its global positioning.”
The agreement is part of the center’s commitment to partner with think tanks and research institutes in the field, and it calls for cooperation in the translation of books and scientific articles; the exchange of experts and researchers to write publications that the two organizations will put in place; and participation in each other’s events.
New digital site
The center’s new website is online, created in Arabic and English under the leadership of Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, President of the Arabic Language Center and Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, as part of the “digital transformation” strategy of the government of the United Arab Emirates. Improved navigation and display are featured in the site relaunch, with sections focusing on topics such as language and culture, research and reporting, events, and more.
In the “Digital Library” section, you have access to e-books, audio books and wajeez al kutu—summary books from the centre’s collection. Meanwhile, the “Events” section of the site presents information related to notable conferences that the center has organized or participated in, including local, Arab and international exhibitions.
As part of the Abu Dhabi Arab Language Centerthe support strategy for children’s and young people’s literature, the website “The “Eloquent Child” section features a collection of children’s stories and YA books, in addition to educational songs. The site also presents the “Lexicon” service, a digital dictionary designed to support Arab content, as well as a “Grants and Incentives” section, perhaps of particular interest to publishers with details of the annual grants the center offers to applicants with innovative projects that meet a strict set of terms and conditions.
The site offers a “Specialized Library, Prices and Media Office » as well as the traditional “Who we are” section on the centre, its role, its objectives and its vision.
The “Research and Reports” section presents the centre’s recent studies in areas related to Arab Languagewhile “Lists” offers two projects: One hundred and one novels introduces readers to the most important Arabic novels of the 20th century, and One hundred and one books of Arab heritage highlights books that have changed the face of Arabic, Islamic and world literature.
Below “Language and Culture,” visitors can find the “Creative Content” subsection, which includes translated and original books, as well as “peer-reviewed journals.” Arab–Language peer-reviewed scientific journals that publish studies on Languageliterature, culture and important issues.
In a prepared statement, Al Tunaiji said: “We are moving into the next phase of Abu Dhabi Arab Language Centerthe evolution of with the launch of a new website that reaffirms our commitment to providing the highest quality resources to support our mission to promote the Arab Language globally.
“The site was designed to provide users with an innovative experience with easy navigation and creative dissemination of information, allowing visitors to seamlessly explore the cEnterits objectives, events, initiatives and activities.
“By tracking the progress of the digital age, we demonstrate our commitment to the UAE Government’s ongoing digital transformation momentum.”
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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory.