Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dubai Municipality teaches Arabic to non-Arabic speaking employees

DM teaches Arabic to non-Arabic speaking employees

In implementation of the directives of the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on taking care of Arabic language, Dubai Municipality has begun to teach Arabic to non-Arabic speaking staff starting with a group of more than 20 employees from various departments.

This was stated by Ahmed Ibrahim Al Zarouni, Head of Training Section in the Human Resources Development, who added that the Municipality has initiated this program because it believes it is important to develop the capabilities of the employees and expand their knowledge.

Zarouni also pointed out that the Arabic teaching session will be held for a period of three hours each week for a period of six months during which the participants can learn the principles of Arabic in writing, speaking and reading, in addition to the language rules and other language skills. This session will be followed by other courses for the purpose of allowing a greater number of staff to learn the Arabic language, which will reflect positively on the performance of staff and facilitate communication with their departments and colleagues.

It is worth mention that this session will be lectured by one of the staff members of the Municipality who has considerable experience in the field of teaching Arabic language to the non-Arabic speakers as he taught at the University of Utah, United States of America and the University of Alberta Province, Canada, in addition to his work in the field of translation.

Bashir Hassan Yousef, Acting Head of Food Studies and Planning said he has got good response from the participants of the session, which makes it easy for the teaching process. Praising the initiative, he said it serves many purposes and underlines the Municipality's care in qualifying its staff and it will enable them interact each other and increase productivity.

He said he finds great pleasure in this work as it has a message with high meanings and will help in the spreading of the Arabic language, which must receive the full support of all parties involved.

It should be noted that the Council of Ministers had issued a law in 2007 requiring companies and establishments in the country that all the data on imported commodities and goods should be in Arabic, in addition to the directives of the Dubai Municipality based on the Executive Council directive that Arabic language should be the language for official correspondence within the Government.

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