Celebration of Arabic Language Day

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Dr. Niall Holohan AICC Chairman, Rafika Rajab Arabesque Events Director, Rula Abu Affar Arabesque Events, Ruth Spain AICC and Orla Treacy AICC

On Tuesday 18th December the AICC once again were lead sponsors of a celebration of Arabic Language Day held at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle. The gala evening was held in collaboration with the Welcome Café and supported the Embassy of the Mission of Palestine and the Embassy of Saudi Arabia along with the Ministry of Justice & Equality and Dublin City Council and featured a red-carpet reception, an Arabic calligraphy art exhibition, an evening of talks, poetry and entertainment with traditional Middle Eastern cuisine.

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Dr. Niall Holohan AICC Chairman

Among the distinguished speakers were His Excellency Ahmad AbdulRazek Ambassador of the Mission of the State of Palestine, Dr Niall Holohan, Chairman of the Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce and Maureen O’Sullivan TD. Entertainment was provided by Guy Jones Younes of the Lebanese Culture Foundation, Farah Elle an Irish Libyan songwriter/singer and Ashish Dha singer and multi-instrumentalist.

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His Excellency Mr. Ahmad Abdelrazek, Ambassador of the Embassy of The Mission of Palestine

The Arabic language is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used daily by more than 290 million people. World Arabic Language Day is celebrated every year on 18 December since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 that the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the Organization.

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Ruth Spain, Orla Treacy and Sharouq Alshayadi, Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce

In the diversity of its forms, classic or dialectal, from oral expression to poetic calligraphy, the Arabic language has given rise to a fascinating aesthetic, in fields as varied as architecture, poetry, philosophy and song. It gives access to an incredible variety of identities and beliefs and its history reveals the richness of its links with other languages. Arabic has played a catalytic role in knowledge, promoting the dissemination of Greek and Roman sciences and philosophies to Renaissance Europe. It has enabled a dialogue of cultures along the silk roads, from the coast of India to the Horn of Africa.

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