Saudi Arabia acquires Sakhr contemporary Arabic Lexicon to preserve language heritage

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has successfully acquired the Sakhr Contemporary Arabic Lexicon (Al-Mu’jam Al-Mu’asir) from Kuwait-based Sakhr Software Company. This agreement, which involves the transfer of intellectual property rights, is a significant step in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to preserve the Arabic language, aligning with the goals of Vision 2030.

Fahad Al-Sharekh, representing Sakhr Software Company, expressed delight over the deal, emphasizing its importance in safeguarding the Arabic language. He highlighted that the lexicon encompasses cultural content spanning over a century, featuring entries from diverse regions such as Syria and Lebanon. With 100,000 words and new definitions, this acquisition promises to enrich Arabic language resources.

Abdullah Al-Washmi, the secretary-general of the King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language, praised the acquisition as a testament to the academy’s dedication to promoting the Arabic language in contemporary contexts. He lauded the efforts of Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for KSAA, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, for enhancing the cultural landscape and advancing the Arabic language globally.

Mohammed Al-Sharekh, the founder of Sakhr Software Company, expressed confidence that this acquisition would significantly benefit Arabic language users, propelling the language toward new horizons. Sakhr Software Company, renowned for creating the world’s first “Arabized computer” in collaboration with Japanese giants Hitachi and Yamaha, continues to contribute to the evolution of Arabic language technology.