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Arabic language is our identity said UAE minister

A Senior minister of government has renewed calls for the preservation of Arabic language at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai this Thursday.

Arabic language is our identity and culture, said Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, She is the Minister of Culture and Youth, during a session the title was ‘The Future of the Arabic Language’.

The responsibility is on all of us to preserve our language. And sustain it and enrich it through research and publishing a lot of Arabic literature. It has a prestige history and also embedded with culture. We must proud of it and give it a priority so it can spread across the borders.”

In addition, she said one of the recommendations from a 2-year study conducted by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development is introducing an observatory centre to preserve the Arabic language.

“The observatory will play an important role in fighting the menace of online piracy. Which has continued to cause chaos in the Arabic publishing industry,”

Al Kaabi said, adding that the observatory centre will create a path of following the progress of the Arab publishers and to control book piracy.

She also added, that the goal of the observatory is to support intellectual property rights. And raise awareness of its importance in the growth of the electronic publishing industry. “Digital publishing give shoulders to creativity in Arab culture. It represents an exciting new frontier for the Arabic literature. And also offers a space to develop youth talents and brings onboard younger writers,” said Al Kaabi.

The publishing industry need to address ongoing trends such as why people reading in Arabic among many others, she added.

Written by Martha Paul

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