Authors: Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Dr Ali Bin Tamim, Abdulsalam Haykal
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The state of Arabic is a much-discussed topic, but how much do we really know of what is happening? This panel discusses the sometimes surprising results of a major new study by the Ministry of Culture, Report on the Status and Future of the Arabic Language.
Beginning with an introduction by Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth in the UAE Government, the speakers dig deep into the masses of data to ask how Arabic is faring relative to other languages, trends that the publishing industry should be aware of, whether people are reading in Arabic for pleasure – and any important measures the UAE could consider. How will this new study change the story? This is the place to find out.
Dr. Ali bin Tamim is president of the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language, where he works to develop strategic plans to advance the use of Arabic and ensure its ongoing use as a language of science and knowledge. Since 2011, he has served as the secretary general of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
Abdulsalam Haykal is the CEO of Haykal Group, which has been based in Abu Dhabi since 2013. The Haykal Group of companies include Labeeb Labs, whose products focus on computerised processing of the Arabic natural language, including: Lableb cloud search dedicated to organisations, and its recommendations system. He was chosen by the World Economic Forum in Davos as one of the young global leaders, and he was also the recipient of the Arab Innovation Award from the Arab Thought Foundation.
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