Al Ain, Abu Dhabi: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), a division of the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi), and the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) at the Al Ain Book Festival this year.
In the presence of academics and Arabic language specialists, the MoU was signed by Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Chairman of the ALC, and Prof. Ghaleb Al Breiki, Acting Vice Chancellor of UAEU.
The MoU is part of the ALC’s commitment to increase collaboration with academic and scientific organizations in the UAE and elsewhere in the world. The cooperation will promote Arabic language study and benefit from the UAEU’s considerable knowledge as a premier institution in the region.
Al Ain Book Festival 2022, organized by the ALC, began on the 14th of November and will conclude on the 20th, covering five iconic locations in the region.
Dr. Bin Tamim pointed out that, “This memorandum of understanding will help support studies and research in various linguistic fields, safeguarding the role of the Arabic language as both a marker of national and cultural identity and a bridge between past and present.”
Prof. Al Breiki said, “With this agreement, we will also promote and revitalize Arabic language events, which we consider both national and cultural heritage.”
The agreement will assist the ALC’s efforts to foster Arabic language learning among various communities and to develop, promote, and protect the Arabic language. The ALC and UAEU will organize academic and creative writing workshops, cultural evenings and events, and joint scientific conferences, including an international tri-annual conference.
The two parties will benefit from each other’s academic expertise and the latest technology resources and facilities, such as the e-library database, by promoting the ALC’s book fairs, organizing student trips to these events, and participating in their programs. In addition to helping the Center with its scientific and instructional studies, the UAEU will advertise ALC activities in its internal magazine.
According to the memorandum of understanding, the two institutions are now recognized as strategic partners. They will form a combined task force to promote and carry out their collaborative projects through various communication channels. Additionally, professors and researchers will have publications in the ALC’s journal of Arab studies.