(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula
Doha: In yet another unique pioneering project, the Cultural Village Foundation - Katara yesterday announced it was preparing to publish a dictionary aimed at introducing Qatar and its tourist, cultural and heritage landmarks.
The project which will run for two years will see the making of Qatar Cultural Dictionary to be released in several formats.
Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, Katara General Manager, said that the dictionary, which is being prepared by a group of national cadres in various disciplines, includes all the places and locations in Qatar and the names of birds, fish and plants in the Qatari environment as well as trade and crafts.
The lexicon will include language information that delves further into the linguistic origin and evolution of words in the local dialect as well as phonetic according to Qatari dialect. It will be an interesting resource as it will contain geographical, historical, tourist, cultural and archaeological information about every place and location in the country, including land and sea sites and their features and occupations.
It will also provide a rich collection of images, graphs, indexes and other complementary components.
Dr. Al-Sulaiti pointed out that the dictionary will appear in three formats including electronic platform and an application for smart phones with a number of features including the proper pronunciation of words based on local dialect. The third format is a hard copy of the dictionary to be published by Katara Publishing House.
He added that portions of the dictionary will be published in the form of illustrated booklets for children to link them with their heritage and the Qatari environment, stressing that the Qatar Cultural Dictionary will be a distinctive icon among the publications of Katara Publishing House as it will act as a very important reference for future generations.
Khalid Abdulrahim Al Sayed, General Supervisor of the Qatar Cultural Dictionary project, said that the dictionary works to achieve a range of strategic, linguistic, historical, geographical and local objectives in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The dictionary strikes scientific and cultural balance that highlights the renaissance of Qatar as well as links historical, cultural and geographical landmarks with their linguistic connotations, their origins and cultural and intellectual dimensions, added Al Sayed. The dictionary is targeted to be published in all its three formats in stages in two years time, he said.