The online course Arabic Made in China was launched at the Islamic Museum of Australia in Melbourne on Friday 27 February.

The course developed by Dr Imran Lum is simplified to learn Arabic in a lifestyle format.

The gathering at the launch was quite intimate with Lum’s closest friends and students attending the event.

Guests were given a private tour of appreciating the exceptional exhibits at the IMA.

MC, well known comedian Nazeem Hussein kicked off the evening with a few jokes

Dr Lum invigorated the audience with the Arabic language basics  in a lifestyle format, including learning how to say “I like turtles”.

The event was catered by 2013 Masterchef finalist, Samir El Khafir with delicious gourmet finger food and dessert.

As guests mingled, live music was played with an eclectic sound of Arabic flamenco on the tabla by Rasheeda Cooper and guitarist Zak Wilson, followed by a guitar performance by Waleedy Aly (Robot Child) and Zak Wilson.

From left: Nadal Ali, Anisa Buckley, Imran Lum, Waleed Aly, Zak Wilson

From left: Nadal Ali, Anisa Buckley, Imran Lum, Waleed Aly, Zak Wilson

Intezar Elham ended the evening with an incredible rendition of Rhianna’s 4, 5 seconds.

A surprise video of thanks was presented to Imran Lum and his supportive wife Anisa from his past students thanking him for the selfless time and effort he had provided teaching them Arabic.

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