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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: World Arabic Language Day special 

The National's Mina Aldroubi is joined by Naser Al Wasmi and Saeed Saeed on World Arabic Language Day to discuss how a language that has prevailed in the Islamic Golden Age is coping in today’s modern world

The total number of students in the UAE is projected to grow at an annualised rate of 4.1 per cent, from an estimated 1.1 million in 2015 to 1.4 million in 2020, according to Dubai-based investment bank Alpen Capital. Antonie Robertson / The National
The total number of students in the UAE is projected to grow at an annualised rate of 4.1 per cent, from an estimated 1.1 million in 2015 to 1.4 million in 2020, according to Dubai-based investment bank Alpen Capital. Antonie Robertson / The National

Today dozens of countries around the world mark World Arabic Language Day in celebration of the language spoken by more than 420 million people.

The National's Mina Aldroubi, Naser Al Wasmi and Saeed Saeed discuss whether the language is being lost, the importance of preservation and education among Arab youths, and more on this special edition of Beyond the Headlines.

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