On 23 October, the Consultative Committee of UNESCO’s Arabia Plan, which seeks to increase understanding of Arab culture globally, decided to incorporate World Arabic Language Day as a key activity in its working plan.

Celebrated for the first time in 2012, World Arabic Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO’s Executive Board during its 190th session.

The initiative seeks to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity, as well as celebrate Arabic language’s role in and contribution to the safeguarding and dissemination of human civilization and culture.

Visuals and social media material: World Arabic Language Day 2014-2015

Arabic Calligraphy: chosen theme for the World Arabic Language Day 2014

Arabic calligraphy has been selected as the theme of the 2014 celebration of World Arabic Language Day, on 18 December 2014. The decision was made by the International Advisory Board of the Plan for the Development of Arab Culture “Arabia Plan”, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

World Arabic Language Day 2013

H.E. Mr Ziad Aldrees, who is the Chairman of the Consultative Committee and also Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO, said that the main focus of World Arabic Language Day this year will be “the role of the media in strengthening the Arabic language”.

Top media professionals, experts, linguists, diplomats and researchers, hailing from the Arab region and also globally, will attend a series of seminars devoted to this subject at UNESCO headquarters on 18 December.

World Arabic Language Day 2012

World Arabic Language Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the language of 22 Member States of UNESCO, a language with more than 422 million speakers in the Arab world and used by more than 1.5 billion Muslims.