As part of its Arabic Month initiative launched on July 1, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has joined hands with the Liwan Culture and Arts Centre to offer a month-long free Arabic course for its non-Arabic speaking staff members who are interested in learning the rich language.
The Liwan Culture and Arts Centre under the chairmanship of Sheikha Salama bint Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al-Nahyan, along with their strategic partner, the Arabic College, is providing a free on-line Arabic course for Dubai Chamber’s multicultural work force.
The language course is in line with Dubai Chamber’s Arabic month initiative, which came under the recent recommendations of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a centre of excellence in the Arabic language.
Rami Halawani, Director, Marketing and Corporate Communication, Dubai Chamber, stated that this partnership with the Liwan Culture and Arts Centre caters to the common objective of spreading the mass usage of the language amongst the non-Arabic speakers.
“In a way, this initiative also leads to familiarising the staff members with the rich Arab culture which is an important part of the modern lifestyle of the people of the region who take pride in the ancient language of the Holy Quran,” Halawani said.
He further stressed that this latest cooperation between Dubai Chamber and the Liwan Culture and Arts Centre is also the beginning of a long-term relationship which will lead to many joint initiatives in the future whereby both the sides will work rigorously in promoting the understanding of the Arabic language amongst the multi-ethnic society that Dubai is made up of.
“Dubai Chamber has an interesting diversity in its work environment as 200 staff members belonging to 30 nationalities are good enough numbers to inspire us to launch such initiatives promoting the Arab identity and its deep-rooted culture to the non-speakers,” added Mr. Halawani.
Dubai Chamber’s National Identity Committee, which is responsible for the implementation of the activities of the Arabic Month initiative and the Arabic Course, works hard throughout the year to introduce new and interesting events to promote the rich Arab culture and tradition for the benefit and understanding of the broad-based Chamber staff.
On his part, Mr Mohammed Bamatraf, Directior, Liwan Culture and Arts Centre, informed that this cooperation came as a quick response to H.H. Sheikh Mohammed’s initiative of making Dubai a centre of excellence in the Arabic language as H.H. Sheikha Salama bint Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al-Nahyan immediately decided to participate in the initiative through her Centre by offering the month-long online language course free for the benefit of the non-Arabic speaking Dubai Chamber staff.