Posted on April 27, 2016

Aimed at promoting Arabic arts and culture, a total of 18 students from various Middle and High Schools in Qatar were recognized for their outstanding Arabic literary pieces during the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Arabic Language Awards ceremony that was held Under the Patronage and in the presence of the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi and hosted by the Al Faisal Without Borders Foundation (ALF) at Qatar Nation Convention Center.

The 18 winners were selected by a distinguished panel of judges from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education from among 160 participants belonging to 50 schools. “The Arabic language is considered as one of the oldest spoken and one of the most common languages in the world,” HE Sheikh Faisal said. “Approximately 300 million people speak Arabic around the globe. Aside from being the official language of countries in the Middle East, Arabic is the language of the Holy Quran. With the history of Arabic literature dating back some 16 centuries ago, I am deeply honored to be able to read such amazing literary pieces written by young students of today.

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“I therefore wish to thank the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi for his presence and his continued support in our efforts to leverage the importance of the Arabic language and to congratulate all the winners with the hope that these awards would serve to inspire them even more to continue pursuing such talents,” he added. "It is my pleasure to be here with you today to celebrate our rich Arabic language and honour our talented sons and daughters who won the prizes today. We are really proud of them,” said Fawzia al-Khater, Director of Education Institute “Language has a vital role to play in communication - spreading across the various fields of literature, poetry, art and science. Inspired by our quest to achieve Qatar vision 2030 we are working closely with AlFaisal Without Borders to support this eventful Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani’s Arabic Language Awards".

“The ALF Foundation constantly promotes innovative developmental opportunities in the areas of education and youth enablement,” said Shaikh Mohamed Bin Qassim Al Thani, member of Board of Trustees of the ALF Foundation. “These include strengthening students’ cultural and artistic talents, particularly in the Arabic language. This is aimed at positively driving the next generation of leaders of Qatar into sustainable growth whilst preserving the nation’s valuable historic and cultural legacy.”

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“Our culturally seamless world, coupled with technological developments, have diluted the very essence of the Arabic language in a negative way. In many cases pure Arabic expressions have been lost in translation. Hence it was indeed heartening to see outstanding literary pieces presented by the young competitors in their pure and unadulterated form. It instilled in me the hope that the true Arabic language still prevails among many of our generations as an innovative language with its own origins. I believe times change but values don't, so to see entries characterized by strong and meaningful Arabic rekindles our students’ attachment to their historical and cultural heritage,” Shaikh Mohamed added.

“The exceptional quality of the various literary pieces submitted by participants were truly impressive,” said Ali Talal Mar’e, ALF Foundation’s Executive Director. “That in spite of easy access and exposure to a wide array of influences from around the world due to today’s rapid technological advancements in communication, the entries were indeed reflective of the deep connection that these young students have with their historical and cultural heritage.

“On behalf of ALF Foundation, I therefore wish to congratulate all the winners,” he added. “Having been inspired by their artistic talent and mastery of the Arabic language in crafting such amazing literary pieces, the ALF Foundation looks forward to continuing its partnership with schools in providing a platform for young students to further develop their skills in this area.” The Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Award for the Arabic language was first launched in December 2015 to cover the first part of the project. The event included an Arabic Calligraphy and Spelling competition. This second event covered various forms of literary art such as poetry, speech writing and short story writing.