Al Farooq Centre
Al Farooq Omar Ibn Al Khattab Mosque and Centre in Dubai was established in 1986 and rebuilt and opened to the public in 2011. Almost two years later, it continues to draw crowds from across the globe, comprising of all religions and nationalities. The mission of Al Farooq Omar Ibn Al Khattab Mosque and Centre is to raise awareness about Islamic civilisation, Arabic heritage and the culture of the UAE, as well as to encourage intercultural exchange. The mosque can accommodate 2000 people, joining worshippers in moderation, harmony and peace. Visitors have access to an extensive library, as well as a youth club, lecture hall and classroom. The design of the mosque was inspired by the famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul and it boasts 21 domes and 124 stained glass windows, along with four pencil-shaped minarets some 65 metres in height. Designed by Mohammed Al Sheikh
Mubarak Architects, more than 60 artists from Morocco decorated the stunning, yet simple interior; and the handmade Islamic artwork took one year to complete. It is named after Caliph Omar, a close companion of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). To find out more, please visit www.alfarooqcentre.com
Based in Dubai, AppyKids develops educational content for the MENA and South Asian region. Its vision is to educate, entertain and empower children by creating culturallyrelevant, localised content. AppyKids has released 11 interactive educational apps and aims to make quality learning fun.
Arabi Mubin is a volunteering initiative launched by the Arabic Language Protection Association. Designed to enhance national identity through building strategic partnerships with government entities and encouraging the Arabic language, the initiative guides individuals to use smart resources and communicate through different social media channels.
Dubai Public Library, Dubai Culture
The Public Libraries Department plays a vital role in promoting literacy and the wider development of our young people. The love of reading begins in childhood and there is nowhere better to encourage this than the library. Dubai Public Library, under the supervision of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, has eight branches across Dubai. The libraries offer programmes for children, such as story-telling, documentary and educational films, seminars, lectures, workshops and organised visits to their branches. To find out more, talk to their representative here today or go to www.dubaiculture.ae
Pick Learn Play
Offering a range of educational apps for both Arab and non-Arab students, Pick Learn Play encourages learners to develop their Arabic skills in a fun way. Using games and Arabic stories to stimulate the brain, users can focus on any aspect of Arabic development from word association to spelling. The programmes encourage innovative communication and enthusiasm for the Arabic language.
SciFest Dubai is a celebration of the sciences through the arts and popular culture. It aims to promote STEAM education and multiple intelligences through its programme of events: a multi-disciplinary combination of science, literature, and the visual and performing arts. The first SciFest Dubai was launched in 2014 and had 25 events attended by 13,000 participants and visitors. www.scifestdubai.com
Scholastic is the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world, serving educators in more than 150 countries and in 45 languages. My Arabic Library is the organisation’s first project in Arabic. To find out more visit www.scholastic.com or contact the Dubai office on 044280646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something Fishy About Arabic
This targets children between the ages of three and seven, and can be used on its own or when playing with others. It can be used within the classroom as a teaching tool and encourages parents to learn Arabic alongside their children. The app contains three modules: Talking Fish (the learning module), Let’s Fish (The revising module) and Prepthe-Bait (the testing module). Find out more at
The Dubai International Film Festival DIFF
The Dubai International Film Festival, is the leading film festival in the region. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers, spearheading the cinema movement in the region. The twelfth edition will be held from December 9 to 16, 2015.
The Education Perfect
The Education Perfect Learning Platform hosts the world’s largest online language learning competitions. Over 250,000 students compete from more than 1,000 schools in 20 countries. Now Arabic is being included with new prizes and awards for schools in Dubai. Students can practice reading, writing and listening, with the learning material customized to each school’s curricula.