Under the auspices and support of the Dean of Qunfudah University College, Dr. Yassin Al-Zabidi, the Department of Arabic Language celebrated the World Arabic Language Day under the theme, Arabic Language and New Technologies. A symposium was held in honor of the occasion. It was moderated by Dr. Mohamed Marei Al-Hazmi.
Dr. Ali Mohamed Khafif also presented a paper that covered the challenges faced by Arabic language in daily life, issue of academic production, and the decline of classical Arabic use in daily life. He indicated that Arabic position is not in danger due to link to the holy Quran.
Dr. Haytham Mohamed Gaditawi presented the second paper, in which he depicted a positive outlook of Arabic and how it won't retreat or shrink; how it spread in the age of conquests and became the language of science and literature. However, he pointed out that like other languages, Arabic can gain or lose strength subject to its people condition. He also addressed the digital Arabic content on the Internet compared to other languages. Finally, Gaditawi concluded with initiatives and proposals to develop the digital Arabic content, such as King Abdullah Initiative for Arabic Content (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology).