Arabic (/ˈærəbɪk/;Arabic: العَرَبِية, al-ʻarabiyyah [alʕaraˈbijja] or Arabic: عربي ,عربى ʻarabī [ˈʕarabiː]) is the Classical Arabic language of the 6th century and its modern descendants excluding Maltese. Arabic is spoken in a wide arc stretching across Western Asia, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. Arabic belongs to the Afroasiatic family.

The literary language, called Modern Standard Arabic or Literary Arabic, is the only official form of Arabic. It is used in most written documents as well as in formal spoken occasions, such as lectures and news broadcasts.

Arabic is a Central Semitic language, closely related to Aramaic, Hebrew, Ugaritic and Phoenician. Standard Arabic is distinct from and more conservative than all of the spoken varieties, and the two exist in a state known as diglossia, used side-by-side for different societal functions.

Some of the spoken varieties are mutually unintelligible, both written and orally, and the varieties as a whole constitute a sociolinguistic language. This means that on purely linguistic grounds they would likely be considered to constitute more than one language, but are commonly grouped together as a single language for political or religious reasons (see below). If considered multiple languages, it is unclear how many languages there would be, as the spoken varieties form a dialect chain with no clear boundaries. If Arabic is considered a single language, it is perhaps spoken by as many as 422 million speakers (native and non-native) in the Arab world, making it one of the six most-spoken languages in the world. If considered separate languages, the most-spoken variety would most likely be Egyptian Arabic with 89 million native speakers—still greater than any other Afroasiatic language. Arabic also is a liturgical language of 1.6 billion Muslims. It is one of six official languages of the United Nations.

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Urdu Point 23 Jul 2024
... initiative is aimed at equipping the students with valuable language skills, foster cultural understanding, and prepare them for the 21st-century global economy challenges....

DAAM, Teach For Qatar sign financing agreement to support Summer Institute 2024

The Peninsula 23 Jul 2024
Its mission is to work as part of the solution to help solve the challenges faced by Qatar’s students, by reinvesting ... To date, it has attracted 317 Fellows who have taught Arabic, English, mathematics, and science to more than 40,800 students in the primary and preparatory stages....

Egypt - Việt Nam longstanding relations over 60 years

Vietnam News 23 Jul 2024
Several joint activities took place in recent years, including the active participation in cultural festivals and events organised by the two countries, in addition to the increasing numbers of Vietnamese students choosing to study Arabic language in Egypt....

BRICS poets foster cultural exchanges at youth poetry festival

Beijing News 23 Jul 2024
Many of the poets came to China for the first time, including university teachers, students, journalists and doctors. Among them was Shaikha Almteiri, a poet from the United Arab Emirates, who said poets should maintain an open mind, exploring new perspectives and expressions from diverse cultures and lifestyles to stimulate the vitality of poetry ... ....

Across China: BRICS poets foster cultural exchanges at youth poetry festival

Xinhua 23 Jul 2024
Many of the poets came to China for the first time, including university teachers, students, journalists and doctors. Among them was Shaikha Almteiri, a poet from the United Arab Emirates, who said poets should maintain an open mind, exploring new perspectives and expressions from diverse cultures and lifestyles to stimulate the vitality of poetry ... ....

Expat students can now enrol in UAE public schools

Time Out Dubai 22 Jul 2024
Non-Emirati citizen students from select categories can now apply for admission to UAE public schools for the upcoming academic year ... To also qualify, a student’s parent must be employed in a government, semi-government, or local entity, and the student must maintain a minimum grade of 85 percent in Arabic, English, and Maths....

Yarmouk University Launches Platform for Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers Remotely

Petra 22 Jul 2024
... on Monday to teach the Arabic language to non-native speakers remotely ... Samara highlighted that the center is continually expanding its programs and plans for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers, providing access to students and learners worldwide....

Bangladesh student group urges 48-hour protest halt

Taipei Times 22 Jul 2024
AFP, DHAKA and DUBAI, United Arab Emirates. A Bangladeshi student organization behind recent protests against government employment quotas yesterday said it was halting demonstrations for 48 hours ... “We demand that during this period the government withdraws the curfew, restores the Internet and stops targeting the student protesters,” he said....

Innovative Kuwaiti initiatives highlighted in Sharjah session

Arab Times 21 Jul 2024
From the right, student Anwar Al-Jaafar, student Jenan Al-Sharif, Speaker of Parliament, Ayman Al-Barout, Secretary-General of Parliament, supervisor of the Kuwaiti delegation Bader Al-Eenzi, student Saud Al-Mutouteh, and student Abdullah Al-Mansouri ... The Arab Child ......

UAE public school admissions now open to select non-citizens

Gulf News 21 Jul 2024
The language of instruction in the public schools is Arabic for all subjects ... Students can enroll in government schools from Grades 2 to 12, provided they meet stipulated conditions ... Student’s grade should not be below 85 per cent in Arabic language, English language and Mathematics. Student and parents must have a valid UAE residence visa....

Introducing the fast track to postgraduate studies at Khalifa University in the

Akhbrna 20 Jul 2024
Khalifa University of Science and Technology has obtained the approval of the Commission for Academic Accreditation in the United Arab Emirates to directly accept students who hold a bachelor’s degree directly into the doctoral programs it offers ... Students have the opportunity to ......

Mawhiba partners with UNESCO to foster STEM education in Saudi Arabia

GCC Business News 20 Jul 2024
The initiative aims to provide Arab students with valuable opportunities to showcase their talents and gain international recognition ... Over the past three years, Mawhiba has supported 839 students from Arab states through enriching STEM programs, setting a precedent for regional cooperation and development in STEM education....

Department of Education Ends Harvard Antisemitism Investigation

The Harvard Crimson 19 Jul 2024
Two members of the “die-in” — graduate students Elom Tettey-Tamaklo and Ibrahim I ... The OCR is still conducting a Title VI investigation against Harvard over a complaint from more than a dozen anonymous students alleging the University failed to protect them from anti-Palestinian, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab harassment and intimidation....

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