‘Scan And Learn Arabic’: New App That Bridges Abu Dhabi

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


Language plays crucial role connection communication bridging gap

Language plays a crucial role in connection and communication, bridging the gap between people country-wide and worldwide. 

The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre is part of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi. This aims to do this by developing a new innovative app that lets users scan objects and translate the language into their national language, Arabic. 

It enables mastery of the Arabic language to non-native speakers and encourages learning the language to create a cohesive and ideal society. 

The app can be downloaded on all Android and iOS devices for free. The technology in the app allows users to scan text at facilities along the Abu Dhabi Corniche, an eight-kilometre waterfront, through its built-in optical reader, while it is said to spread to other areas as well. 

The idea is to incorporate the use of the Arabic language into the daily lives of residents and tourists across the city. Arabic language is difficult to learn, consisting of complex vocabulary and intricate letter writing where precision to teach and pass it on to future generations is laborious. 

The motive of the app is to aid in the preservation of this ancient language while simplifying learning.

Hamad Ali Al Dhaheri, Under Secretary of the Department of Community Development, said that “The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre is collaborating with various key sectors in the emirate to launch this initiative, which reflects the extent to which entities and institutions across Abu Dhabi value the Arabic language and consider it to be a language of creativity and cross-cultural communication, bringing Arab communities closer with societies around the world”.

He also accounts for the importance of preserving the language. Since the app makes learning the language more accessible and widens its scope, it supports the youth in their language learning skills leading to a stronger national identity, societal bonds, and cohesion.

The app facilitates the value of the Arabic language, and the importance of Emirati and Arab culture to native and non-native speakers through its advanced technology. It paves the way for all communities to increase their solidarity and has often been a platform for science, arts, and humanities throughout history. This project sees a bright future and takes advantage of one of humanity's greatest strengths- language.

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