Posted on December 28, 2018

The Study and Research Department at the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara has marked UN Arabic Language Day by organising a cultural seminar at Katara Building 15.

Held in collaboration with the Police College under the theme “Arabic Language in the digital era, reality and challenges,” the seminar was attended by Minister of State H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari and Brigadier Dr Mohammed Abdallah Al Mohanna Al Marri, Director General of the Police College, in addition to several other linguists, scholars and visitors. The seminar kicked off with a lecture by Khalifa Al Sayyed, Head of Research and Studies Department at the Police College, who stressed on the importance of Arabic Language in the Cultural and Literature fields. 

Sayyed underscored the support the Qatar government provides to preserve and promote Arabic language by screening a video that includes many of the initiatives such as the World Organization for Renaissance of Arabic Language and others. “We at the Police College oblige our students to learn proper Arabic language as it is one of the major courses at the College which is the first of its kind in Police Colleges,” he said. Dr Nadia Abdulrahman Al Madahka, Head of Research and Study Department at Katara, delivered a lecture on the challenges facing Arabic Language on the Internet and discussed ways of promoting it to become reliable and to establish a search engine in Arabic.

Moreover, Mostafa Abu Daher, Arabic Proof Reader and Lecturer at the Police College, discussed some difficulties facing scholars and students using the Internet in Arabic. “There is insufficient content in Arabic language on the Internet which makes it more difficult for students to do research,” said Daher. He explained that insufficiency of content also makes it hard for professors to check the researches and thesis of students and there is a necessity to convert all the traditional researches into digital ones on the web to put them to good use.

Finally, Al Kawari honoured some of the attendees and professors for their efforts and contributions in promoting Arabic language.

source: The Peninsula