Unveiling of a plaque to thank Qatar for contributing to the Maison de la langue arabe project in Paris

HE Qatar’s Ambassador to France, Sheikh Ali bin Jassim al-Thani and President of the Arab World Institute in Paris, Jack Lang, unveiled a plaque of thanks to Qatar for its contribution to the Maison de la langue project Arabic, during a celebration at the headquarters of the Institute in the presence of the FIFA representative in Paris Kenny Jean-Marie and Arab, French and international personalities, during which models of the stadiums which will host the matches were exhibited of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
In his speech at the ceremony, HE Sheikh Ali highlighted the historical significance of Arabic as one of the oldest languages ​​spoken by humans since the dawn of history.
He said that the Arabic language, for centuries, linked peoples through literature, music, poetry and philosophy, as it was the common language of communication in the fields of commerce, art and science.
It is a rich and dynamic language, uniting hundreds of millions of people in 22 Arabic-speaking countries, he added.
He explained that Qatar’s contribution to the Arabic Language House project that the Arab World Institute intends to establish reaffirms the important role that Arabic plays in building bridges of communication between peoples in culture, science, literature and many other fields because language is the incubator of identity which cannot be preserved without preserving the Arabic language.
Qatar, under the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, has been making great efforts for years to promote and consolidate the status of the Arabic language in Qatar and the Arab world, by organizing conferences and seminars on the importance of the Arabic language and finding ways to bring our beautiful language back to life, he said, adding that this is also part of Qatar’s relentless efforts to preserve the great heritage of Muslims, which has fascinated the world through the Arabic language which the world has been learning for centuries.
The Ambassador reviewed Qatar’s efforts to protect the Arabic language, which began at the initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, President of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, when she launched the “World Organization for the Renaissance of the Arabic Language (WORAL)” in 2013, and continued with the launch of the Historical Dictionary of Doha Arabic, until the adoption of the Arabic by FIFA as an official language.
HE Sheikh Ali emphasized that the Arabic language constitutes a major component of Arab identity, and that realizing the interactive relationship between language and identity requires a strong linguistic awareness that contributes to an appreciation of status and importance of this language, noting that this is what Qatar wishes to achieve by strengthening its close cooperation with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and by supporting its initiatives which contribute, through their diversity and dissemination in various fields of knowledge and art, to make France, Europe and the Western world discover the true image of the Arab and Islamic world, with its history, its heritage, its civilization, its culture, its creativity and its current conditions, and the development of cultural exchanges, civilizational interaction and human dialogue between East and West.
For his part, Jack Lang expressed his joy at unveiling the plaque that was launched in appreciation of Qatar for its commitment to the Arabic Language House project, stressing that thanks to the strong relationship that exists between Qatar and the Institute, a new impetus will be given devoted to the dissemination and promotion of the Arabic language in France, in Qatar and in the world as a world language in the field of knowledge, communication, culture and creativity.
Lang thanked His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani for his confidence in the project.
He also thanked the Ambassador for his total commitment in achieving this support.
Lang hailed FIFA’s decision to adopt Arabic as the fifth official language and renewed his congratulations to Qatar on hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be held for the first time in an Arab country.
He stressed that the Maison de la langue arabe project will strengthen the solid friendship between France and Qatar and enrich their strategic dialogue, expressing the hope that the cooperation between the Arab World Institute and Qatar will deepen in the future.