Arabic fourth most popular language

Updated 10 May 2015

Arabic fourth most popular language

Riyadh-based King Abdullah International Center for Arabic Language (KAICAL) has disclosed that Arabic ranked fourth among the major international languages.
Quoting a report, KAICAL said that according to a study on languages, Chinese is the most widely spoken language. However, English occupies the top slot in terms of the number of countries that speak the language, followed by Arabic.
The study revealed that although the number of languages in the world stands at 7,102, the European continent has only 286 languages.
A total of 2,301 languages are spoken in Asia, 2,138 in Africa, 1,313 in the Pacific region and 1,064 languages in the Americas.
According to the study by Ulrich Ammon, professor of languages at the University of Duesseldorf, about two-third of the world’s population speaks 12 major languages.
According to Ammon, who took 15 years to complete his project, 1.39 billion people speak Chinese, with all its dialects; while 588 million people speak Urdu followed 527 million speakers of English and 467 million Arabic.
Spanish is the fifth major international language spoken by 389 million people, followed by Bengali with 250 million speakers.
The rest of the languages are: Russian (254 million), Portuguese (193 million), German (132 million), Japanese (123 million), French (118 million) and Italian (67 million), according to the report published by “The Washington Post”
English is spoken in 101 countries, followed by Arabic in 60 countries, French (51 countries), Chinese (33), Spanish (31), Persian (29), German (18), Russian (16), Malay (13) and Portuguese (12 countries).


Mazen Johar, CEO of KSA's Aircraft Accessories and Components Co.

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Mazen Johar, CEO of KSA's Aircraft Accessories and Components Co.

Mazen Johar was recently appointed CEO of Aircraft Accessories and Components Co. (AACC), a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI).
The board of directors wished Johar success in his new role, and said they hope that he will ensure the success of AACC’s next phase of development, and help achieve the company’s strategic goals, thereby enabling it to play an active role in meeting the aspirations of Saudi Arabia.
Johar began overseeing the company’s operations from July 6, taking over from Dr. Mansour Bineid who had been CEO since March 2016.
Johar has more than 20 years experience of executive leadership and his expertise includes budget management, strategic planning, transportation, logistics, project management, and more.
In addition to his new role, he has been a deputy minister for industrial services at the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources since July 2019 and has served as executive director and CEO of Nova Water, COO of ground handling at Saudia Cargo, and vice president of commercial and support services at Basic Chemical Industry.
He has also held several leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, having spent almost 18 years working for that company in countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.
Johar holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. He also obtained an Executive MBA from the University of Nottingham in England and attended a global business course at Harvard Business School in the US.