World Arabic Day 2023: Advancing and Promoting Arabic Language in Vietnam

The recognition of the Arabic language's role in the formation and development of human culture is exemplified by UNESCO's designation of December 18 as World Arabic Language Day in 2012.


An ceremony was held on December 18 to celebrate the World Arabic Language Day in Hanoi. The event brought together representatives from various ministries, universities, and research institutes, according to VNA & VNS.

A ceremony was held in Hanoi on December 18 to celebrate the World Arabic Language Day. Photo: TG&VN

During the ceremony, Homoud Al Mutairi, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Saudi Arabian Embassy, highlighted that this year’s anniversary coincided with the 50th anniversary of Arabic being recognized as one of the official languages of the United Nations.

“With its extensive vocabulary, rich origins, and expressive ways, the Arabic language has served as a bridge connecting civilizations, facilitating cultural exchanges, scientific advancements, and literary interactions throughout history,” he said. “It has absorbed influences from various civilizations such as Persian, Greek, and Indian, making it a global language.”

The embassy also launched the first Arabic-Vietnamese dictionary in collaboration with Hanoi National University.

Saudi Arabia places great importance on preserving and developing the Arabic language. The country has made significant contributions to enhancing the language’s status.

As part of these efforts, the embassy has been promoting the language through partnerships with other Arab embassies and Vietnamese educational institutions that offer Arabic courses.

They have supported the compilation of the dictionary to create optimal conditions for teaching and learning activities, benefiting not only students and teachers but also Vietnamese individuals living and working in Arab countries,” emphasized the diplomat.

The first Arabic-Vietnamese dictionary was unveiled. Photo: Saudi Arabian Embassy in Vietnam

According to Do Tuan Minh, Chairman of the Council of the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS), the first higher education institution in Vietnam to offer Arabic bachelor’s degree programs, ULIS has played a vital role in training human resources in this field over the past 27 years.

Tuan Minh stated that the university has exerted great effort in the compilation project, aiming to support Arabic language teaching within the institution and provide assistance to individuals interested in learning the language.

As part of events commemorating World Arabic Language Day, the Saudi Arabian Embassy organized an Arabic poetry recitation contest for Vietnamese students studying at the ULIS and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (HCMUSSH) – HCMC National University.

Student Khuong Huu Anh Duy (right) won first prize in the Arabic Poem Reciting Contest. Photo: Saudi Arabian Embassy in Vietnam

Khuong Huu Anh Duy, a student from HCM City, won first prize at this year’s Arabic Poem Reciting Contest.

Tran Bui Ngoc Tram and Nguyen Khanh Linh claimed the second and third prizes respectively, while Vu Phuong Quỳnh Anh and Nguyen Le Khanh Huyen received consolation prizes.

On December 16, the ULIS, the first educational institution in Vietnam to teach Arabic, and the Saudi Arabian Embassy held a ceremony in Hanoi to celebrate World Arabic Language Day, which was attended by Saudi Arabian Ambassador Mohammed Ismaeil A. Dahlwy.

Hannah Nguyen