ME sponsoring Arabic language course for business

(January 10th, 2012) - Malta Enterprise is organising a practical introductory course to the Arabic language aimed at those entrepreneurs carrying out their business activities in Arab speaking countries or interested in expanding their business activities in the region.

The course, which will be provided free of charge, is scheduled to start on January 30th, 2012. Two-hour sessions between 18:30h and 20:30h will be held at the Kordin Business Incubation Centre (KBIC) twice weekly every Monday and Wednesday until June 27th, 2012.

Amongst others, the syllabus of the introductory course includes basic vocabulary - such as the Arabic alphabet, numbers, time and date, and so on - as well as basic grammar and sentence construction.

As the participants become more fluent in Arabic, instruction will then move on to conversation and eventually lead on to the more complex elements of the Arabic business language, focusing on subjects such as the type, set up and aim of business, business negotiations and other related matters.

Progress will be monitored through periodic assessments, while a certificate of attendance will be provided at the end of the course to participants who attend at least 80% of the sessions.

The course will be delivered by Naim Dhifi, Consular Officer at the Embassy of Malta in Tunisia, who also assisted Malta Enterprise in the development of the course structure.

While the idea was first floated during the Libyan crisis, Malta Enterprise developed the course further to cater for the needs of those wishing to do business not only in Libya but in the entire North

African region, which is currently offering a multitude of opportunities as a result of the Arab Spring.

Indeed, businesses participating in two delegations to Tunisia in the past year reported good prospects for business, while there has been an overwhelming interest from local enterprises to participate in the business delegation to Libya in the coming months.

The Arabic language course complements the assistance already being provided by Malta Enterprise, which also includes on-the-ground assistance in Libya through the Commercial Office in Tripoli.

Bookings for the course will be accepted until Wednesday, January 25th, 2012. Only one applicant per company will be accepted as places are limited, though additional participants may be considered subject to availability.

Further details may be obtained by contacting Malta Enterprise on 2542 0000 or via email on