Arabic Week is celebrated every year at OOB in alignment with the national agenda framework to enhance Arabic language skills and espouse national identity in the student community.
Commencing from 7th October, 2018, the week aimed to enhance the Arabic language skills of students and raise their interest in the language through various activities such as creating a ‘Garden of Letters’, fun with grammar, My language My identity, tweeting about the Arabic language among others.
Through our activities, we aimed to educate students about the importance of mastering the Arabic language, the official language of the United Arab Emirates, a language of global importance.
During the course of a special assembly held, a short speech on the importance of the Arabic language in English and Arabic was given where the speaker also connected it to the Holy Quran. His Highness Sheikh Zayed’s views on education was also discussed, followed by a video on his life and times. The assembly concluded with a song “Lughati”. A special programme was also held in the audio-visual room which began with a welcome speech followed by a song “We love Arabic”. There were speeches on “Majlis”, “Most generous people in Islam” and the old Arabic language. Information on the Burj Khalifah, Emirati food, dress, culture and perfume were shared in a walk-in exhibition for all. A short skit to show how to get prepared for the Arabic exam was also performed. Riddles in the Arabic language was also asked. Celebrating the Arabic week across the school encompassed creativity and innovation integrating academics with the arts and entertainment – all this with the sole aim to boost the language skills of students. A sturdy link to the Emirati culture was also established in all the activities.