A three-day, government sponsored symposium held in Saudi Arabia has concluded that the Arabic language needs protection from the onslaught of other languages. The language of the Quran is in danger of being diluted, if not lost, some participants hold.
According to this Saudi Gazette report, participants suggest that foreign workers be required to have competence in Arabic before being granted work visas. The level of Arabic required would vary according to the positions being held, though no specifics are given.
‘Make fluency in Arabic a condition for foreign workers’
Saeed Al-Khotani | Saudi Gazette
RIYADH — Two distinguished Gulf academics warned on Wednesday against the danger non-Arab speaking labor poses to the Arabic language and culture in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
They called for gradually making fluency in the language a requirement for any non-Arab labor wanting to work in these countries.
The call came in their research papers presented in a session on the influence of non-Arab labor on Arabic at the Coordinative Symposium of Universities and Institutions Concerned with Arabic Language in GCC Countries, which concluded on Thursday at the Riyadh InterContinental.
One of the academics, Latifa Al-Najjar, professor at the United Arab Emirates University, said the presence of non-Arab speaking labor in the GCC countries contributed, along with the use of colloquial Arabic in audio and video media, to the creation of a distorted Arabic language, negatively affecting the process of acquiring knowledge of standard Arabic.