The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) organised a youth networking seminar on Twitter titled “How to Make Arabic the Language of Science and Knowledge?” that registered a staggering 229 million views worldwide.
The event was the first of its kind to be held on the micro-blogging website, and counted prominent and influential UAE figures among the participants, including Her Excellency Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs; and MBRF’s CEO H.E. Jamal bin Huwaireb; along with representatives from the Ministry of Education, as well as Dubai Media Inc., Abu Dhabi Media Inc., CNN Arabic TV, Al Arabiya News Channel, Al Oula Radio, Al Bayan and Al Roeya newspapers, and Forsan_UAE, besides other representatives of government, private and media institutions.
“This is the first time that a youth seminar has been held on social media,” noted H.E. Al Mazrui. “We are delighted with the massive interaction from the local community and the wider Arab audiences, who poured in to respond to questions raised during the episode. This demonstrates the essential role of social media when it comes to interacting with the youth. The topic of the episode comes at a critical juncture – at a time when the need to adhere to our Arabic language is critical if we truly wish to develop it to suit modern inventions and studies.” Meanwhile, H.E. Jamal bin Huwaireb said: “We are grateful for the remarkable participation that our Youth Circle has witnessed. This is a great opportunity for us to promote our beloved Arabic language and to better support intellectual and cultural activities, as well as scientific and academic content.” A number of fresh initiatives were launched during the session, seeking to support the Arabic language, adapt it to science and technology and encourage young people to develop and use it across the board. MBRF announced that it will be launching the Arab Youth Knowledge Council, which seeks to support knowledge production and dissemination in the Arab world, while the Ministry of Education announced the social media-centred ‘Tweeting in Arabic’ initiative to encourage students to use the Arabic language across social media channels.