To help counter the large number of foreign words entering the daily lexicon in the UAE, a new association has been formed to promote the use of Arabic.
The Gulf News daily reports that the association, formed last May, to preserve the Arabic language, wants to promote the use of Arabic in all official transactions. The group will work with schools, women's associations and non-profit organizations to promote Arabic. The association intends to pay special attention to the country's youth, many of whom view speaking in a foreign language as a sign of prestige and prefer to speak languages other than Arabic.
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