Within the activities and celebrations of World Arabic Language Day, the General Directorate of Information Technology (iT) participated in an initiative organized by Drupal Saudi Arabia to Arabize Umami, a digital scientific magazine. Graduates of King Khalid University's Department of Translation also participated in this initiative.
CIO, Dr. Mohammed Alsaqer, explained that this initiative is a chance to encourage Arab translators to Arabize the rest of Drupal's content. Lead project translator, Mr. Abdullah Omar, represented the General Directorate of Information Technology in the ceremony where the University was honored. This Ceremony was held on Monday, December 23, 2019, under the patronage of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Vice Minister, H.E. Eng. Haytham Al-Ohali.
This main objective of this initiative, launched in conjunction with World Arabic Language Day and completed on December 25, 2019, is to significantly contribute to open source Arabization features within Drupal 8. Of noteworthy mention, many of the preeminent universities are powered by Drupal, which is one of the leaders in the open-source content management system (CMS) market. Some of those universities are Oxford, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Penn State. Additionally, a number of US Government agencies utilize Drupal 8, such as NASA, the US Congress, and the US Department of State.