Exploring the Role of Arabic in Promoting the National Identity in the United Arab Emirates and Its Social Impacts Under the UAE Centennial Plan 2071: An Analytical Field Study

  • Bilal Zakarneh Department of Languages and Culture, Ajman University Ajman, UAE.


Centennial Plan 2017, Cultural Pluralism, Language Diversity, Lingua Franca, UAE United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates..


According to the slogan of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, “The Arabic language is the basic component of the national identity." The present study investigates the influence of language on the promotion of the Emirati national identity and its social consequences within the framework of the UAE Centenary Plan 2071. Cultural pluralism theory serves as the theoretical foundation for this research. The study employed random sampling to collect quantitative data from 200 respondents through a survey questionnaire. The data was then analysed using descriptive methods. The results indicate that language plays a crucial role in enhancing the national identity of the UAE. It achieves this by fostering a sense of belonging, preserving societal unity, promoting respect for social values, and contributing to the spirit of cooperation among members of society. The UAE government should continue to promote language as a symbol of national identity, recognising its crucial role in preserving cultural heritage and enhancing societal cohesion. This study concludes by discussing the implications, limitations, and recommendations for future research.