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Advisory Council Discusses Draft Law on Arabic Language Protection, Proposal on Situation of Retired Citizens

14 May 2018



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The Advisory Council held its regular weekly session under the chairmanship of its Speaker HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud.

The Council started its session by discussing a draft law on the protection of the Arabic language.

Under the draft law, all governmental and non-governmental bodies are committed to protecting and supporting the Arabic language in all their activities and events and that ministries, government entities, public bodies and institutions, private associations and institutions, private institutions of public benefit and those whose budgets are financed by the State are committed to using Arabic in their meetings, discussions, decisions, regulations, instructions, documents, contracts, correspondence, labels, programs, publications, visual, audiovisual and readable ads and other transactions.

The draft law stipulates that the legislation of the State shall be drafted in Arabic and may be translated into other languages when the interest so requires.

It also stipulates that companies and institutions with commercial, financial, industrial, scientific, recreational or other purposes shall be given Arabic names. International and local companies and institutions whose foreign names or product names have an international trademark may retain the foreign name and be written in Arabic together with the foreign language.

After discussing of the draft law, the Council decided to refer it to the Cultural Affairs and Information Committee for further study and to submit a report thereon to the Council.

The Advisory Council also continued its consideration of its agenda, discussing a proposal presented by HE Speaker of the Advisory Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud on the situation of retired citizens, as well as the extent to which those wishing to return to work in the State's entities to benefit from their experiences and qualifications to serve the country.

The proposal was welcomed by the Council's members who discussed the positive social effects and benefits to the working environment in the State entities that could be resulted by the implementation of this proposal.

At the end of the extended discussion of the proposal, the Advisory Council decided to refer it to the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee to study it and send report thereon to the Council.