ABU DHABI, November 16, 2021 (WAM) – The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has signed an agreement with the celebrates The Arab World Institute (IMA) for supporting, promoting and connecting Arab culture with others around the world.
The deal is in line with President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s directives, published in January 2021, to allocate a grant to the IMA to promote the Arabic language and strengthen its position in the world.
“Our strategic objectives at the Arabic Language Center are aligned with the directives of the leaders of the United Arab Emirates to mobilize efforts and work collaboratively to further develop the Arabic language, promote it in all sectors and position Arabic as the primary medium of cultural communication with others around the world. ”said Dr Ali bin Tamim, president of ALC. “A world-renowned cultural institution, the Institut du Monde Arabe is the ideal partner to support our efforts to promote the Arabic language in the world and propel it to the forefront of the cultural, creative and academic sectors. This agreement will result in many flagship projects and initiatives to encourage the use of the Arabic language, particularly in France and in Europe, while giving us access to global expertise in the field.
Jack Lang, President of the IMA, said: “Thanks to this close collaboration, our two institutions will strengthen the widespread use and promotion of the Arabic language – in France, in the United Arab Emirates and in the world – as as a universal language of knowledge, communication, culture and creativity.This formidable cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, in particular with the CIMA Arabic Language certification created by the IMA in 2018, will greatly contribute to the implementation of the strategy of the ‘Institut du Monde Arabe in favor of the magnificent Arabic language. “
The deal will see ALC and IMA collaborate on a list of goals that serve the strategies and plans of both entities. This includes support for the International Certificate of Proficiency in Arabic (CIMA) that the institute launched in 2018, which is recognized by international academic institutions and awarded to individuals or organizations who pass an exam in understanding and speaking the language. Arabic language.
As part of the agreement, ALC will also work with the Alliance Française, which oversees the CIMA certificate examination centers in the United Arab Emirates, to validate the exam, record the number of annual applicants and their skill levels, and share information. regarding key performance indicators.
In addition, the two entities will organize joint events to mark international events related to the Arabic language, such as World Arabic Language Day on December 18 each year. Areas of cooperation include the exchange of expertise on a larger scale by participating in conferences, collaborating on publications and programs and organizing cultural events. The two sides also agreed to a joint action plan to publish reports on the Arabic language and its use in France and Europe.
The IMA is an organization created under French law in 1980, when 18 Arab countries – including the United Arab Emirates – entered into an agreement with France to create an institution to raise awareness of the Arab world and spearhead the research on the language, culture and religious values of the region. The IMA aims to promote exchanges and collaboration between France and the Arab world, particularly in the areas of science and technology, which, in turn, helps to further develop the region’s relations with the Europe.
ALC, operating under DCT Abu Dhabi, was established to enhance cultural exchanges and encourage the use of the Arabic language locally and internationally. The Centre’s strategies aim to promote the Arabic language and develop its scientific, academic, cultural and creative aspects. ALC supports Arab talents in writing, translating, editing, scientific research, creating audiovisual content and organizing book fairs. From its base in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the Center initiates programs to develop human resources and forge partnerships with leading cultural, academic and technological institutions around the world.