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Who’s Who: Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Washmi, acting secretary-general of the King Salman International Complex for the Arabic Language

Mon, 2021-04-05 02:14

Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Washmi has been acting secretary-general of the King Salman International Complex for the Arabic Language since February.

The complex is part of the Kingdom’s wide-ranging program to promote the Arabic language. It promotes activities including publications, research, AI applications, events and conferences, and the establishment of Arabic teaching centers.

It also supports the use of modern linguistic applications and promotes the Kingdom’s interest in serving the language of the Holy Qur’an.

Al-Washmi holds a master’s degree in literary criticism and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and literary criticism from the faculty of Arabic language at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.

He is an author and an award-winning poet. Some of his poems have been translated into different languages. He won first place in the Prince Faisal Award for Arabic Poetry in 2001 and has published several academic papers, books and books of verses.

He has been a professor of Arabic at the Riyadh-based College of Arabic Language since 2020. Al-Washmi also served as secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language (KAICA) for seven years beginning in 2012. He was also a member of the consultative committee of KAICA.

Al-Washmi has represented Saudi Arabia in several conferences and forums. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from an Indonesian state university for his efforts in teaching and language planning. He has also received dozens of appreciation letters for his services to the Arabic language and its literature.

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