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Arabic Language Day

World Arabic Language Day (WALD), also known as the UN Arabic Language Day is observed annually on December 18. First established by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010, the day celebrates the Arabic language and promotes cultural diversity.

Book containing Arabic text
Books and texts written in Arabic are found all over the world.

Celebrate World Arabic Language Day

WALD is celebrated all around the world as a means to promote cultural understanding and encourage dialogue among people who speak different languages. Organizations and governments hold cultural events that showcase the history and richness of the language. Seminars and conferences highlight the current developments in Arabic literature through lectures, talks and workshops by Arabic writers and poets.

Schools promote the education of Arabic as a medium of communication and organize short story and poetry competitions.

Public Life

World Arabic Language Day is not an official holiday and businesses, schools and government offices are open on this day.

About World Arabic Language Day

Arabic is a language with a rich history and is spoken by almost 1.5 billion people around the world and in UNESCO’s 22 member states. WALD recognizes this and acknowledges the contribution of the language in fostering ties between different cultures and in the development of science, medicine, mathematics and literature through the ages.

The date for WALD signifies the day in 1973 when Arabic became the sixth official language of the UN. The other official languages of the UN are French, English, Russian, Spanish and Chinese.

Arabic Language Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunDec 182011Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance
TueDec 182012Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance
WedDec 182013Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance
ThuDec 182014Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance
FriDec 182015Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance
SunDec 182016Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance
MonDec 182017Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance
TueDec 182018Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance
WedDec 182019Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance
FriDec 182020Arabic Language DayUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

World Arabic Language Day is a United Nations (UN) observance that celebrates one of the organization’s 6 official languages – Arabic.

Arabic Language Day 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Arabic Language Day 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Name in other languages

Arabic Language DayEnglish
Día Mundial de la Lengua ÁrabeSpanish
יום השפה ערביHebrew
اليوم العالمي للغة العربيةArabic
아랍어의 날Korean
Tag der arabischen SpracheGerman

List of dates for other years

United Nation Holiday on December 18, 2017

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