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Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi Interprets at Arabia CSR Forum – 9th Cycle

Red Sea’s Adel Alhaimi Interprets at Arabia CSR Forum

Dubai, 3-4 October 2021: Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi had the privilege of providing interpretation at Arabia CSR’s 2021 Forum. The theme was “Post-pandemic Sustainability and Resilience” and included an illustrious array of international speakers, in addition to CSR Arabia’s own CEO, Mrs Habiba Al Mar’ashi.

Speakers included:

  • H.E. Engineer, Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi – Ras Al Khaimah Civil Aviation Department
  • Mr. Qais Bader Al Suwaidi –  Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
  • Ms. Farah Yassine – Emirates GBC
  • Mr. Youshey Zakiuddin – Senior Executive Corporate Sustainability – Du
  • Eng. Saeed Al Abbar – AESG (Engineering Consultancy) – London, Singapore, Dubai
  • Prof. Dr. Najat A. Saliba – American University of Beirut / CSR Lebanon
  • Faisal Ali Rashid – Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

“The forum is a platform that takes place every two years alongside the Arabia CSR Awards. It is the region’s premier convention on CSR and sustainability. It attracts leaders, thinkers, evangelists, practitioners and policy makers from all over the globe. The forum targets latest themes, topics and debates around CSR and sustainability, illuminating minds and motivating adoption of international standards and best practices.”

https://arabiacsrnetwork.com/forum/

Adel Alhaimi has been providing simultaneous interpretation in the United Arab Emirates for the past 11 years and has partnered with some of the top translation service providers in the region to cover major national and international events.

More updates on Red Sea Translation news and events coming up soon.

INDISPENSABLE – THE ART OF TRANSLATION IN THE U.A.E. /الترجمة.. فن لا غنى عنه في الإمارات العربية المتحدة

INDISPENSABLE – THE ART OF TRANSLATION IN THE U.A.E.

(Arabic Translation Below)

What images or thoughts does the word “translation” conjure up? For most of us, it’s images of embassies, academic certificates, marriage certificates and so on.

However, in the global hub of the United Arab Emirates, the word begins to widen in scope: literature, websites, contracts, news articles, meeting agendas, training courses – these are the images that now come to mind. Translation seems to touch every facet of life here.

Seen in the light of everyday life, translation in the region begins to experience a shift from a routine commercial activity into a complicated and essential art form that transcends words and permeates every facet of life. This includes providing a livelihood for many lifelong students of life – who have become masters in conveying meaning; from one language to another, from one culture to another.

UAE is more than a series of vast high-rise metropolises, it is a land of dramatic contrasts and rich cultural traditions further enriched by a wealth of different nationalities

Translations in the UAE are so much in focus, that academics have been launching a range of research studies on translation in the region. The following is an excerpt from one such study:

“Since the early 1970s, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has developed in full tact in all fields. It
has become one of the emerging hubs of international business and trade. The seven emirates are
now business and cultural centers in the region. With the influx of wealth and thriving
businesses, job opportunities have been created, attracting people from around the globe. The
number of nationalities and languages is remarkably high. Although Arabic is the official
language, English is also a language of business and everyday interaction. A considerable
percentage of locals and expatriates are bilinguals.
With the bilingual situation in the UAE, the need has arisen along the process of
development to have translators play the role of linguistic and cultural mediators. The translation
industry has flourished and translation activity has gained momentum in the economic and
education sectors. Talks and negotiations, documents, official regulations and announcements,
and certificates, all have needed to be translated from and into Arabic.”

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320537102_Conducting_Research_on_Translation_in_and_about_the_UAE

One doesn’t normally expect news media to feature articles on topics such as translation. However, the significance of translation in the region is so weighty, that even mainstream media feature the subject:

https://www.thenational.ae/business/in-the-uae-business-can-be-gained-or-lost-in-translation-1.67201

“The UAE has an 85 per cent foreign population and while Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken. Other languages in circulation include Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Persian, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

Often documents originate in another language but need to be translated to Arabic for recognition by the UAE courts. At Dub)ai’s courts alone, 257,960 documents were notarised last year – a 12 per cent increase from the previous year.” (The National

https://gulfnews.com/going-out/society/uae-is-a-hub-of-languages-and-everyday-translations-1.1916003

And business aside, man’s hunger for art and literature in the midst of a busy world have brought about a proliferation of literary translations, as evidenced by the Dubai Translation Conference, an international event with over 800 delegates from all around the world, over 200 speakers and over 30 different workshops.

And now, dear reader, we are making this an interactive post. We have opened up comments for your thoughts – what do you, the reader, have to say? What has been your experience with translations? Please see our comments section below the Arabic Translation:

ARABIC

TRANSLATION:

الترجمة.. فن لا غنى عنه في الإمارات العربية المتحدة

 

ما هي الصور أو الأفكار التي تستحضرها كلمة “الترجمة”؟ بالنسبة لمعظمنا، تتوارد إلى أذهاننا صور للسفارات والشهادات الأكاديمية وشهادات الزواج وما إلى ذلك. لكن، في مركز عالمي مثل الإمارات العربية المتحدة، تبدأ كلمة الترجمة في التوسع ليمتد نطاقها إلى: أعمال أدبية، ومواقع إلكترونية، وعقود، ومقالات جديدة، وجداول أعمال للاجتماعات، ودورات تدريبية.. تلك هي الصور التي تتبادر إلى الذهن الآن. يبدو أن الترجمة تمس كل جانب من جوانب الحياة هنا

 

في ضوء الحياة اليومية، نرى بداية تحول الترجمة في المنطقة من نشاط تجاري روتيني إلى شكل فني معقد وأساسي يتجاوز الكلمات ويتخلل كل جانب من جوانب الحياة. ,هذا يشمل توفير قوت اليوم لكثير من الدارسين مدى الحياة، الذين صاروا أسيادًا في نقل المعنى من لغة إلى أخرى ومن ثقافة إلى أخرى

الإمارات العربية المتحدة تتجاوز كونها سلسلة من العواصم المتسعة ذات المباني الشاهقة، فهي أرض التناقضات المثيرة والتقاليد الثقافية الغنية التي زادت غنى من خلال ثروة بشرية من صحاب الجنسيات المختلفة

تُعد الترجمات في الإمارات العربية المتحدة محط اهتمام شديد، لدرجة دفعت الأكاديميين إلى طرح مجموعة من الدراسات البحثية حول الترجمة في المنطقة. فيما يلي مقتطفات من إحدى تلك الدراسات

 منذ أوائل سبعينيات القرن العشرين، شهدت الإمارات العربية المتحدة تطورًا ببراعة تامة في جميع المجالات. لقد صارت أحد المراكز الناشئة للأعمال التجارية الدولية. الآن صارت الإمارات السبع مراكز تجارية وثقافية في المنطقة. ومع تدفق الثروة وازدهار المشروعات، نشأت فرص العمل وجذبت الناس من جميع أنحاء العالم. عدد الجنسيات واللغات في البلاد مرتفع بصورة ملحوظة. ورغم أن العربية هي اللغة الرسمية، فالإنجليزية هي أيضًا لغة التجارة والتعاملات اليومية. هناك نسبة مُعتبرة من السكان المحليين والمغتربين تتحدث اللغتين. وفي ظل ثنائية اللغة في الإمارات، ومع سير عملية التطور، ارتفعت الحاجة إلى المترجمين ليلعبوا دور وسطاء اللغة والثقافة. ازدهرت صناعة الترجمة واكتسب النشاط زخمًا في القطاعين الاقتصادي والتعليمي. المباحثات والمفاوضات، والوثائق واللوائح الرسمية، والإعلانات والشهادات، جميعها بحاجة إلى ترجمته من العربية وإليها”

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320537102_Conducting_Research_on_Translation_in_and_about_the_UAE

 

لا يتوقع المرء عادةً أن تعرض وسائل الإعلام مقالات عن موضوعات مثل الترجمة. مع ذلك، تحمل الترجمة في المنطقة أهميةً عظيمة؛ حتى أن وسائل الإعلام  السائدة تعرض الموضوع

https://www.thenational.ae/business/in-the-uae-business-can-be-gained-or-lost-in-translation-1.67201

“تبلغ نسبة السكان الأجانب في الإمارات 85%. ورغم كون العربية اللغة الرسمية، ينتشر النطق بالإنجليزية على نطاق واسع، وتشمل اللغات الأخرى المتداولة اللغة البنغالية والهندية والماليالامية والفارسية والتاغالوغية والتاميلية والأوردية

 

عادةً ما يتم إنتاج المستندات بلغة أخرى مع الحاجة إلى ترجمتها إلى العربية للاعتراف بها من جانب المحاكم الإماراتية. في محاكم دبي وحدها، تم التصديق على 257.960 وثيقة العام الماضي 2018، بزيادة قدرها 12% عن العام الأسبق 2017″. (صحيفة The National)

https://gulfnews.com/going-out/society/uae-is-a-hub-of-languages-and-everyday-translations-1.1916003

 

وبغض النظر عن المشروعات التجارية، أدى نهم الإنسان إلى الفن والأدب وسط عالم لا يهدأ إلى انتشار متسارع للترجمات الأدبية، وهو ما أثبته بالأدلة مؤتمر دبي للترجمة، وهو محفل دولي يضم أكثر من 800 مبعوث من جميع أنحاء العالم، وأكثر من 200 متحدث، وأكثر من 30 ورشة عمل مختلفة.

 

الآن، عزيزي القارئ، نحن نجعل من هذا المقال منشورًا تفاعليًا. وتركنا مساحة التعليقات مفتوحةً لأفكارك، فماذا ينبغي عليك أن تقول من جانبك كقارئ؟ ما خبرتك مع الترجمات؟

What Makes a Good Interpreter

What Makes a Good Interpreter

Interpreters rarely make the news – but when they do, it’s often for some alarming consequence. A case in point is the recent claim that an interpreter for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was incarcerated (“disciplined”) after negotiations with the US failed.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-purge-idUSKCN1T02PD

A more well known story doing the rounds is that of an alleged interpreting blunder that led to the decision to bomb Hiroshima in World War II.

https://www.pangeanic.com/knowledge_center/the-worst-translation-mistake-in-history/

However, interpreters do make it to the news in more positive and productive ways – and often we’re not even aware of it. Red Sea Translation’s Adel Alhaimi, a simultaneous interpreter, has appeared in news media interviews several times and his latest appearance was on the Abu Dhabi Sport  Live Channel, where he was interviewed as a member of the Abu Dhabi Chess Club.

As Adel was pointing out how sport serves a greater purpose than merely building muscles, for example by helping to develop social skills, I couldn’t help but reflect on how well rounded a conference interpreter needs to be in order to succeed in this challenging vocation.

Scholarly articles aside, experience in the translation industry highlights a number of qualities a good interpreter needs, such as:

  • Exceptional social skills (high social IQ)
  • The “gift of the gab”
  • Should be flexible and adaptable
  • Quick-thinking
  • Well traveled (essential for the cultural savvy that comes with exposure to different cultures and outlooks)
  • Well rounded – a balanced life style that includes sport and recreation
  • Willingness to take risks
  • Willingness to constantly learn and develop oneself
  • A sense of humour

In other words, a good interpreter, particularly in the conference/simultaneous field is one that strives to be fully human. This conjures up a sense of living life to the full.

But hang on…

Aren’t we all interpreters, one way or another?

Our very humanity calls on us to be interpreters at every level of life. We interpret every day: situations, facial expressions, voice inflections – collecting and interpreting a myriad of information bits daily – merely to exist and communicate in our complex world.

Here’s to good interpreters! Here’s to us all! Sure, we’re not all gifted with vibrant vocal registers, remarkable recall or a vocabulary that stuns – but as humans we owe it to ourselves (and our society) to work at being well rounded, well read and ever willing to learn!

Culture Summit 2018 – A Dream Assignment for Interpreter Adel Alhaimi

Culture Summit 2018 – A Dream Assignment for Interpreter Adel Alhaimi

ABU DHABI APRIL 2018: Adel Alhaimi was privileged to be invited to facilitate simultaneous interpretation for one of the world’s top cultural events.

culture summit 2018 b

Culture Summit is an invitation-only forum “convening leaders from the arts, policy, technology and media” from around the world. The USD 5,000 a head registration fee included sumptuous dining and featured some of the region’s (and the world’s) most prestigious cultural figures including top leaders, artists, speakers and performers.

Adel Alhaimi interpreting at Culture Summit 2018 Abu Dhabi

Adel Alhaimi interpreting at Culture Summit 2018

The summit is characterized by the overall aim to identify ways that culture can raise awareness, build bridges and promote positive change.

culture summit 2018 d

The summit included a staggering 450 participants from 80 different countries, spread across a series of 65 workshops. 

“This year’s programme, titled Unexpected Collaborations: Forging New Connections Between Heritage and Innovation, Near and Far, Creativity and Purpose, will focus on partnerships that are unique, different, and which blend tradition and innovation. Workshops, presentations, and performances throughout the event will engage participants in expanding on their ideas about the role of culture in improving our world. A special portion of the programme will take place at the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, with events and tours scheduled exclusively for participants of CultureSummit 2018.”

culturesummitabudhabi.com

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