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    With High-level International Participation, ICESCO to Organize Large Celebration on World Arabic Language Day

    19 December 2020

         In celebration of the World Arabic Language Day, the Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) is organizing a major cultural, educational, and scientific fair. The event is ICESCO virtual International Conference on Arabic Language on 21 December 2020 under the theme: “Arabic Language: Foresight in a Changing World. “

    The conference’s main guest H.R.H. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Al-Mukarramah Area, and the guest of honor, Prof. Ameenah Garib Fakim, former President of Mauritius, will open the celebration with a keynote address.

    The Conference will bring together a group of ministers and heads of several Arabic language academies, universities, international organizations, specialized bodies and centers, distinguished experts and researchers from the Arab world, Europe, Africa, North America, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.

    Held in cooperation with King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, UNESCO, the Cultural Attaché Office at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Rabat, and Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco, the Conference aims to develop forward-looking visions for Arabic language promotion. The conference also aims to open communication and coordination channels between Arabic language academies, academic institutions, and specialized international organizations, enhance the roles and status of the Arabic language at the international level, facilitate the access of the Arabic users from digital technology, and preserve the integrity, vitality of Arabic and ensure it keeps abreast of change.

    The Conference’s agenda features the following themes: The future roles of scientific institutions for the advancement of the Arabic language; Arabic language academies: an absolute necessity; the future of the Arabic language in educational systems; the opportunities of Arabic language in the era of the fourth industrial revolution; and digital applications in aid of the Arabic language.

    During the celebration, visual and artistic exhibitions will highlight the roles ICESCO plays at the international level to spread the Arabic language among non-Arabic speakers and encourage non-Arabic-speaking students to use it in their educational activities and their creative and artistic work.

    The decision to celebrate the World Arabic Language was made in 2012, after Morocco and Saudi Arabia submitted a proposal, during the 190th session of UNESCO Executive Council, in commemoration of the day. The United Nations General Assembly then issued Resolution No. 3190 in December 1973, whereby Arabic became one of the six official working languages ​​of the United Nations.

    The celebration and the conference will be broadcasted live via the official Facebook page of ICESCO, at the link:


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