ISLAMABAD: “Urdu’s beauty has attracted expatriate community living in Saudi Arabia and UAE, as the people learn Arabic for professional purposes but they use Urdu as lingua franca in these countries.
The Mushairahs and literary gatherings have become very popular during the last four decades in Saudi Arabia and Middle East,” said Syed Fareed Maharaj while addressing the welcome dinner hosted by Majlis-e-Ilm-o-Adab, late yesterday night at the residence of Syed Faizan Ahmad, Saudi Gazette reported.
“I, during my long stay in this beautiful country, have seen many people learning Urdu language.I have seen Malayali, Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi and Pashto-speaking people, speaking Urdu fluently here. In fact, Urdu has become lingua franca in the Middle East said Syed Freed Maharaj.
The attendees of the event agreed with Maharaj’s observation regarding Urdu language’s present state in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia.
Other participants of discussion Saeed Akhtar, Eng. Khalid, Faisal Imtiyaz, and Syed Amir Naqvi also expressed their views regarding the history and evolution of Urdu language in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia.
They were of the opinion that Urdu has a big scope in the Middle East.
Senior Pakistani social activist Eng. Aziz chaired the event. He, recalling the past days, added flavor to the talk with his memories of the intellectuals, journalists, poets and engineers from the subcontinent who took part in the development of the Kingdom.