Image of Al Sharekh shared on X account of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Wednesday Image Credit: X/@HamdanMohammed

Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, extended his sincere condolences on the passing of renowned Kuwaiti entrepreneur Mohammed Al Sharekh, the founder of Sakhr Software Company.

Get exclusive content with Gulf News WhatsApp channel

Al Sharekh, credited as the tech pioneer who introduced the first Arabic Language Operating System for computers in 1982, passed away on Wednesday. He was 82.

“My heartfelt condolences on the loss of Kuwaiti businessman Mohammed Al Sharekh, a trailblazer in the Arab programming sector. The inception of Sakhr Computer Company in 1982 heralded a technological revolution whose fruits we reap today. His profound impact and legacy in programming and his support for the Arabic language will continue to shape the future of this sector,” Sheikh Hamdan expressed in a post shared on his X account.

“May Allah bestow His mercy upon Mohammed Al Sharekh and place him in paradise,” Sheikh Hamdan added.

Al Sharekh established Sakhr Software Company and pioneered the introduction of the Arabic language into computers for the first time in history during the 1980s. He also established multiple training centres across numerous Arab countries, further advancing technological literacy in the region.

Throughout his illustrious career, Al Sharekh achieved numerous milestones, including the development of the first Quran software and nine Hadith books software in English in 1985. He completed the Islamic Information Archive and OCR in 1994, the Arabic text speech in 1998, machine translation from and into Arabic in 2002, and automated speech translation in 2010 and developing more than 90 educational and coding programs for the Arab youth.