Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has held the first meeting of its Scientific Committee for 2022, with the virtual event led by ALC President His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Tamim.
The meeting brought together all members of the Committee, including Professor Susan Stekevich, Chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC; Dr. Bilal Orfali, Professor of the Sheikh Zayed Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Head of the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages and Editor-in-Chief of the Research Journal at the American University of Beirut; Dr Khalil Al Sheikh, University of Yarmouk, Jordan; Dr. Salah Fadl, President of the Arabic Language Academy in Egypt; HE Abdulla Majid Al Ali, Acting Director General of the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates; Dr. Mujeeb Al-Zahrani, Saudi literary critic and novelist and director general of the Institut du monde arabe in Paris; and Dr. Vitaly Naumkin, President of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Saeed Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of ALC, was also present to record the events of the meeting.
The meeting focused on several topics of discussion, including LAC’s strategy, the mandate and objectives of the Scientific Committee and the projects the Center is undertaking in 2021. Participants also discussed the plan for the period ahead, which covers ongoing projects, such as the 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) and the first International Conference of Publishing and Creative Industries. They then described the prospects for Arab and international cooperation with specialized research centers, cited other projects undertaken by the Scientific Committee this year and discussed the calendar of periodic meetings of the Committee during the year.
“This meeting is the first of many activities on the agenda of the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi and its Scientific Committee, which brings together renowned scholars, intellectuals and literary figures with the aim of advancing the Arabic language and consolidate its presence in the local market and internationally,” said HE Dr. Ali bin Tamim.
“The vast combined expertise of the committee members gives tremendous momentum to ALC’s journey. We pledge to do everything in our power to continue to strengthen the Centre’s position and affirm its role as a platform that supports the Arabic language and culture, promoting it among other civilizations around the world. added SE. “We deeply appreciate the role that the Scientific Committee plays in improving the operations of the Center and in intensifying efforts to preserve and protect the Arabic language. We have great confidence in our scientific committee and its ability to pave the way for more projects and programs that help us achieve our future goals and strategies.
During the meeting, a number of proposals and research projects focusing on the Arabic language were presented.
About Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center, established following a directive from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, under the Ministry of Culture and of Abu Dhabi Tourism, works to support Arabic language development and modernization through comprehensive strategies and frameworks, enrich the scientific, educational, cultural and creative contributions of the Arabic language, promote language proficiency Arabic and cultural understanding, and supporting Arab talents in the fields of writing, translation, publishing, scientific research, arts, content creation and organization of book fairs. The Center strives to achieve its core vision through dedicated programs, human expertise and meaningful partnerships with the world’s most prestigious technical, cultural and academic institutions.
About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture, tourism and creative sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve global ambitions widest in Abu Dhabi. By working in partnership with the organizations that define the emirate’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the emirate’s potential, coordinate efforts and investments, to propose innovative solutions and to use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries.
DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the people, heritage and landscape of the emirate. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation and unrivaled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thinking.