The Arabic Language Youth Council is a partnership between the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center and the Arab Youth Center, and in collaboration with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation and the Zai Centre for Arabic language research at Zayed University. The Council aims to enrich linguistic work with contemporary young ideas and incorporate issues related to the Arabic language into the interests of the new generation. By actively participating in the Council, young people can help shape the future of their language and its role in comprehensive development. The Council also aims to harness the significant potential of Arab youth to create a harmonious scientific knowledge base aligned with Arab culture and build upon its historical achievements.
The Arabic Language Youth Council represents a serious, systematic attempt to enable the Arabic language to regain its presence in society and enhance its role in work, education, and the community. It serves as a tool for thinking and a language for daily creative expression, keeping pace with the growth of modern Arab society and contemporary developments in various fields. It is a living product capable of meeting both daily and long-term needs.
To empower Arab youth with the Arabic language, create incentives for them to embrace and benefit from it, deepen its connection in their daily lives, and equip the Arabic language to fulfill its civilizational role. This includes embracing the efforts and expressions of future generations, and facilitating communication among themselves and with world cultures through the Arabic language.
The future of the Arabic language is in the hands of today's youth. Therefore, it is crucial to make the Arabic language their primary tool for thinking, communicating, and expressing themselves. It is essential to facilitate free and fruitful interaction with their native language, allowing them to develop knowledge within it, positively influence it, and engage with contemporary advancements in the fields of science, thought, knowledge, and creativity.
Determine the suitability and importance of newly coined linguistic terms that are widely used by Arab youth and have naturally integrated into daily life. Ensure their adoption by Arabic language committees.
Create interactive channels that connect the Emirati and Arab communities with the initiative and the council in particular, facilitating the promotion, introduction, and interaction with its outputs. This includes conducting public discussions about the initiative using various digital tools.
Produce working papers that emerge from workshops, seminars, and meetings between youth, language experts, users, and stakeholders from various sectors.
Cultivate interest in the Arabic language, its sciences, intellectual products, cultural contributions, and creativity among youth and the new generations. This can increase the number of participants in future courses offered by the council.
Enhance the presence of the Arabic language and content in modern communication channels, with a focus on audiovisual mediums that can be produced and promoted through websites and digital platforms for the two centers and their social media accounts. This serves the goals of promoting and strengthening the presence of the Arabic language among youth.
They are responsible for managing the council member’s work and developing strategies based on its requirements every two years. It facilitates regular meetings with members to ensure the achievement of desired outcomes and sustainable goals.
Dr. Ali bin Tamim has been the Secretary-General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award since 2011. He is the head of the recently established Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language.
Bin Tamim served various position and duties: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Chairman of the Committee and Member of the Board of Directors of the National Archives 2015-2018, Member of the Jury of the Prince of Poets Program. He was a member of the Higher Committee for the State Appreciation Award, and was a member of the Emirates Cultural Awards, the most important of which are the Dubai Cultural Award and the Khalifa Educational Award. He was in charge of managing the Kalima translation project, and held the position of General Manager of Abu Dhabi Media Company from 2016-2019.
Bin Tamim received a PhD in Literary Criticism from Yarmouk University, Jordan in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Arabic language and papers from the University of Jordan in 2001.
A composer and oud player. He held the position of Director of the "AMAR Foundation for Archiving and Research in Arab Music" from 2009 to 2022. It is the only organization in the Arab world that specializes in the audio archiving of Arab music. Mustafa also directed and composed "Rawdat Al-Balabil," a podcast series on classical Arab music sponsored by AMAR and the Sharjah Art Foundation.
He embarked on a scholarly journey around the Mediterranean Sea and Central Asia to study music from different regions. He pursued independent studies and participated in a global music program at various universities, starting with the American University in Cairo. He also engaged in literary and linguistic studies at Ain Shams University.
He conducted workshops, delivered conferences, and lectures in numerous academic and artistic institutions. He has written several musical compositions for plays, dance performances, and documentary films.
He founded the Asil Ensemble for Contemporary Standard Arabic Music in 2003, which has released four musical albums, including "Rubaiyat Al-Khayyam" in 2008. He has more than 10 solo oud albums and collaborations with other groups.
He has accomplished significant research in music manuscripts, most notably "Safinat Al-Malik wa Nafisa Al-Falak" by "Shihab al-Din Muhammad ibn Ismail ibn Umar al-Masri al-Makki." It served as the basis for his doctoral thesis in musicology, completed in 2023.
His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Secretary General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award (MBRKA). He is a member of the advisory boards of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Sharjah University; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the UAE University; the UAE Advisory Council on the Arabic Language; and the Supreme Advisory Board of Zewail City of Science and Technology in the Arab Republic of Egypt. His Excellency has also been appointed as a member of the Global Leadership Council at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; the Board of Trustees at the Al Falah University; the Board at the Saudi Media Award; and the Governing Board at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), in Hamburg, Germany. Locally, HE strengthened partnerships with the ministries, government, and public and private institutions. Globally, Bin Huwaireb expanded MBRF’s activities through partnerships with top knowledge institutions such as the University of Oxford, the German Goethe-Institut, the Japanese Culture and Arts Foundation, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Nobel Foundation, and LinkedIn. As an Emirati historian and a pioneering man of letters, His Excellency is acclaimed for chronicling the cultural and creative movements in Dubai, the UAE, and the wider GCC region.
Mouza Helal Al-Hanaei is the Manager of Research and Strategy at the Arab Youth Center. She supervises the design and development of research and studies that enhance the understanding of institutions and decision-makers of the orientations and aspirations of young people within the strategic paths of the Arab Youth Center. She also works on a number of projects related to empowering Arab youth in various fields of development work, including capacity building and skills refining. In addition, she manages the Gulf youth file at the center.
Prior to joining the Arab Youth Center in 2020, Moza worked as a researcher and analyst in the political and public affairs file. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Mass Communication from the United Arab Emirates University.
Sadeq Jarrar, the Executive Director of the Arab Youth Center, joined the team in mid-2019. His experience extends over 19 years in the field of soft power project management in the Arab region, media consultancy, strategic development, public opinion campaigns, government communication, and crisis management. He has worked for several international institutions and participated in the development and management of media portfolios for numerous conferences, institutions, international exhibitions, specialized training programs, and the publication of specialized articles.
Before joining the Arab Youth Center team, Sadeq headed the Public and Government Affairs team at Apco Worldwide and served as the Head of Communications and Public Relations for Sky News Arabia for over five years. Additionally, he served as the Secretary-General of the Editorial Advisory Committee at the channel. Sadeq has also worked as the Director of Communications and Public Relations at the Dubai Press Club and the Media Office of the Dubai Government. He was a member of the organizing committee of the Arab Media Forum and the Arab Journalism Award, as well as the Director of Research and Content Development for Media Studies under the umbrella of the "Arab Media Outlook" annual report.
Sadeq began his professional career in various international media consulting firms in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Palestine. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Media from Birzeit University and a Higher Diploma from the Royal Institute of Public Relations in London. He is a professional member of both the Royal Institute and the Middle East Public Relations Association.
Paula Santián Grim is an Arab linguist and translator. She obtained her Ph.D. in Arabic Linguistics from the University of Granada in Spain. She lectures at several Arab and foreign universities, including Pompeu Fabra University in Spain, as well as Middlebury and Michigan universities in the United States, Barcelona University in Spain, and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco.
Dr. Paula is a literary critic and contributes to various international literary journals. She is a translator for three languages (Arabic, English, and Spanish) at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Walid Alaa Eldin is an Egyptian poet, novelist, and journalist. Born in 1973, he holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Faculty of Mass Communication at Cairo University, and has been working in Arab cultural journalism since 1996. He currently serves as an advisor at the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
With several positions held throughout his career, Walid Alaa Eldin had served as head of the cultural department at Al Fajr newspaper in Abu Dhabi, and later at Al Khaleej newspaper’s Abu Dhabi office. He also worked as editor-in-chief of Turath (Heritage) magazine, published in Abu Dhabi, for 11 years.Alaa Eldin has received several awards, including:
Dr. Hanada Taha Thomure is the Endowed Professor of Arabic Language education and director of the Zayed Arabic Language Center at Zayed University, UAE. Previously, she served as Associate and Acting Dean of Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain, and director of Arabic programs at San Diego State University, USA.
She has close to 30 years of experience in teacher preservice preparation and in-service training, Arabic Language curriculum design, developing and reviewing national literacy strategies, and literacy coaching. She designed the first system for leveling Arabic texts which is currently used by regional and international publishers to level their Arabic children’s books. More than 8000 books have been leveled free of charge with a grant from Arab Thought Foundation. Dr. Taha Thomure was among the first researchers to develop Arabic language arts standards that have been used by more than 250,000 students. She is the senior author for Pearson’s first Arabic language Arts K-6, a state-of-the-art curriculum that is standards, literature and inquiry-based. She has reviewed the national Arabic curricula for Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, and Bahrain and has been an adviser for Arab Thought Foundation, Queen Rania Foundation, USAID, DLI, World Bank, Scholastic, and many international schools across the region. Her research is in the field of Arabic language teaching and learning, Arabic children’s literature and teacher preparation and curriculum studies.
Approach to Arabic Language Teaching & LearningThe Hanada Taha approach to Arabic teaching and learning is weaved around the following concepts:
1-Emphasis on the phonetic approach from grades K-2 given that the Arabic language (when vowelized) is quite phonetic and the correspondence between what is read and how it’s written is quite high (unlike English & French, for example which are quite opaque languages).
2-Integrating engaging children’s literature from the first day of school to where children get “hooked” to reading and are exposed to various book genres early on.
3-Using the reading workshop and writing workshop starting in Grade 2 onwards, whereby students get immersed in learning to read through reading and learning to write through engagement with writing.
4-Having Arabic Language Arts standards that are modern, in line with current and future student needs and are skill based.
5-Direct grammar instruction which historically has been the main driver and focus of Arabic T&L is deferred in the Hanada Taha approach and instead a focus on learning patterns especially derivational patterns is emphasized.
6-Focus on morphology in Arabic is a staple of the Hanada Taha approach where students “play” and learn using the most frequently used Arabic roots and their derivations. Morphological awareness is key to this approach.
7-The Arabic language is a poetic and flowery language and using rhetorical devices indirectly as a teaching tool as of grade 1 is important. Historically rhetoric figures of speech in Arabic were only taught in high school. In the Hanada Taha approach that starts in grade 1 using age-appropriate methods that don’t dwell on the details and that helps children to use and enjoy this poetic language.
8-Academic vocabulary and talk in general are another feature of the Hanada Taha approach. Helping learners express themselves in Arabic can lead to them acquiring the confidence needed in the language and can help them think about their thinking (metacognition) with the help of others around them.
Content creator from Palestine, he created content about Arabic language, in the last three seasons, presented "Hekayat Alshe'er" show with ALC, and worked with MBRL and UAE GMO. He is also the Author of the first Arabic book about the Old Kufi calligraphy style.
She chaired the Algerian Youth Parliament Committee; the only Arabic-speaking committee in the Algeria Model United Nations program. She was a referee in several national and regional Arabic debating championships. She received the award of the Best Arabic Debating Team at the National Arabic Debating Championship, organized by the British Council.
A researcher in the field of high-power lasers, has been chosen as an Emirati thinker by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in 2023. She is a member of The Arabic Language Toastmasters, in which she has received the best speech award multiple times in a row.
Working for promotion of the Arabic language in India. He has participated as a resource person in the training programs for Arabic language teachers in schools organized by the Ministry of Education in the Indian state of Kerala. He was chosen to deliver a speech in Arabic at the UN General Assembly in the United Nations headquarters, New York.
A Syrian journalist and presenter, was chosen as an ambassador for the World Congress of Media in its first and second editions, and also was chosen as an audio commentator on the first videos of the Museum of the Future, by the Media Office of the Government of Dubai. Raffi provides digital content in native Arabic language, on social media, where he achieved more than a billion views on it’s platforms, by providing to the audience translated reliable scientific information, stories, anecdotes, and lessons in simplified language.
A Saudi writer. He is the author of "The Paths of Reading", "The Path of Writing", and "The Boat’s Brothers". He hosts “The Cafe Podcast" to meet writers and translators across the Arab world. He is also the founder of the "Writing Society" that supports the local writers through different initiatives.
Translator from Syria, translated into Arabic in philosophy of science “Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of Infinity”; In astrophysics “Death By a black hole and other cosmic quandaries”; In linguistics “Atoms of Language”; In ecology and climate change “Extreme Cities”.
An Arabic language teacher from the Sultanate of Oman, participated in the "I can read with my hands" initiative to enable blind students to view Arabic books by converting them into a digital version in Braille, seeking to communicate the written Arabic heritage to people of determination.
The first Emirati woman to publish a manga called The Heart of Touqar - THT,' showcasing Bedouin life with captivating characters and authentic Arabic attire. She also has a series of fantasy novels called NAZEEF,' reflecting Arab Bedouin culture, with a manga adaptation coming in early 2024.
An Indian calligrapher who studied the art of Riq'a calligraphy and specialized in studying Diwani calligraphy. She also learned Thuluth calligraphy, Kufi Mushafi script, and Sunbuli script. Sarah participated in the Sharjah Arabic Calligraphy Symposium and the Ma'raj International Exhibition in Bangalore. She launched her own project called "Abidi" for trading Arabic calligraphy tools.
A Japanese engineer who learned Arabic in Indonesia. After he discovered the beauty of Arabic language and its importance in his life. So, he decided to display digital content in classical Arabic on social media platforms and aims to crowd out the language in the dialect to circulate it again among young people and spread it among foreigners.
Jordanian teacher of Arabic for non-native speakers, trainer, program supervisor, and curricula developer with experience teaching students of over 35 nationalities at various universities and institutes. Additionally, I have established a private educational institute.
A content creator / producer who presents "Arabic Standard" show on social media, achieving more than 300 million views. He also founded the "Whoeyya" project of the Nas News Arabia platform, achieving more than 25 million views and 180 thousand followers.
An Emirati media personality. She presents her programs and interviews her guests in classical Arabic. She has prepared and presented literary programs that promote the love of the Arabic language, including: “Riwaq” , “ Mimaa Qrat” and “daw' w zil”.
Chosen by the Ministry of Artificial Intelligence office in the UAE, with 24 skilled programmers as the most qualified candidates from Syria to develop an AI model with the objective of automatically discretizing Arabic texts based on contextual analysis, hence significantly improving readability for beginners in learning Arabic.
An Omani academic researcher who negotiates internationally in Arabic language and deals with its uses in cultural identities. He won first place in the Oratory and Speech Competition at Sohar University in the third media forum. He participated in research papers in the field of communication globalization and cultural identities.
Author & researcher with interest in Literary/Cultural Criticism. Amongst her publications “Existential Glimpses - Readings in Monades Poetics” and “ Out of context - Epigrammatic Prose”.
An Emirati short stories writer, the founder of Al-Dhad Ambassadors platform on social media, and the creator of the #Khamisna_Belfosha hashtag on Twitter, aiming to promote the Arabic and plant its love in people's hearts.
An Emirai writer, Artist, and the founder of (futaim world) platform, which dedicated to teaching and promoting the Arabic language with Arts and crafts. She has 6 books under the short story category. Her stories and artwork were translated and exhibited in Bologna children's book fair in Italy, and Guadalajara international book fair in Mexico.
An Emirati author who is interested in linguistic and lexicological studies. He has published a book named “Glimpses of the linguistic connotations of the names of eastern places in the UAE”. In his book, he discussed the roots and meanings of those names using principal linguistic books and dictionaries.
A Jordanian influencer and content creator in the Arabic language, known as "The Arab Language Enthusiast." He previously participated in the Arabic TED platform, supporting the Arabic language. He is also a producer and presenter of various programs, including "letter adad," "Awareness," "Values," "Arabian Delights," and "Arabic Books Podcast." He owns a channel called "Journey of Change in Arabic Colors” .
Palestinian-Lebanese content strategist who Arabized and localized the content of Majid Al Futtaim's Leisure, Entertainment, and Cinemas brands. This personal initiative was granted awards by a few international institutions, and Maysam was featured on the 30 Under 30 list by CAMPAIGN. Maysam currently leads the social media strategy for Shahid.
Tunisian , passionately advocates for the Arabic language's necessity in international discussions and its support in digital diplomacy. He emphasizes its inclusion in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, raising awareness among political leaders about its strategic value due to its significant number of speakers in Europe.
Excellent in reading, writing, and speaking Arabic
An Arab or proficient in the Arabic language
between 15-35 years old
Strong and effective personal skills
Have general knowledge and interest in the Arabic language
The feeling of pride in practicing the Arabic Language.
The ability to represent the Arabic language and work towards achieving the Council's objectives
Leadership, social, and effective time management skills
Significant contributions and impactful initiatives in the community within the Council's areas of work.