Speach of the chairman of the board of trustees -Minister of Culture's-

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al- Saud

Speech of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al- Saud - Minister of Culture -

We live in a country whose land is overflowing with cultural and civilizational treasures, including our Arabic language, the crown jewel of our rich cultural, literary and linguistic depth; from which the light radiated to various parts of the world.

With an increasing awareness of the Saudi Vision 2030, the new civilizational challenges, and the rapid developments, came the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his trusted Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz to establish King Salman Global Academy for the Arabic Language to be the official Saudi authority that handles linguistic affairs, its policies and programs, and undertakes the international work associated with it. It also would address potential risks and seize potential cultural opportunities.

On our land, the Arabic language was born, and its letters were invented in its known living form, and proceeded from it east and west to be the spoken tongue in a wide geographical area. Its letters were used for 15 centuries and still being used, as well as the basis of about 200 languages that was written or still written in it today.

The civilizational radiation emanating from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia puts it in front of a historical responsibility towards taking care of the language of the Noble Qur’an, and to present it to those who need or wish to learn it. For Arabic language is part and parcel of our country and identity, the voice of our depth, and a major component of our future, present and past.

Therefore, the establishment of the Academy came to confront the civilizational challenges facing all languages, to promote pride in the cultural and civilization identity, and to present the linguistic component as an integral part of the identity that we are proud of; so that the Arabic language and its literature continue to build bridges of communication, brotherhood and peace to all parts of the world. Moreover, to be an additional instrument of acquiring and developing science and knowledge.

We have a lot to do, my colleagues and I, in cooperation with the estimated Arab efforts, and with all interested and specialists. For the responsibility is great and the aspirations are immense. And as my sire Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz have said:

“The Noble Qur’an was revealed in the Arabic language, and this is a great honor and responsibility upon Arabs.”