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Arabic Language & the Expatriate Population of Ras Al Khaimah

In the last five years, the UAE has increasingly engaged in a range of strategies targeting the use of Arabic in education, research, the private sector, and everyday life in the country. A number of policy frameworks, programs, initiatives and institutions have been developed as part of Vision 2021, with the overarching goal of affirming the “preeminent position of the Arabic Language in the United Arab Emirates” (Vision 2021) where “Arabic will re-emerge as a dynamic and vibrant language, expressed everywhere in speech and writing” (Arabic Language Charter).

This presentation takes these broad policy goals as an entry point for a discussion of some of the findings from an in-depth, ethnographic investigation of the language practices of expatriate individuals living in Ras Al Khaimah. It will focus primarily on how these individuals engage (and disengage) with Arabic in their daily lives and use their experiences as a starting point to explore some of the potential challenges facing the UAE as it works towards its Arabic language goals in the future.

Bill Cook is a visiting scholar at the Al Qasimi Foundation and doctoral candidate in the Languages, Literatures & Linguistics Department at York University in Canada.

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Photographs and videos will be taken throughout this event and may be used for promotional purposes.

Location: RAK Gas Building, Al Jazah Road, Next to Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah (Lat: 25.796191, Lon: 55.966595)

Start Date End Date Time
March 11, 2018March 11, 20185:00 - 7:00PM