United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates, also known as UAE, is a country located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is composed of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The official language of the UAE is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood, especially in business and tourism.
Gulf Arabic is the main dialect spoken in the UAE. It is a variant of the Arabic language spoken in the Gulf region and is characterized by its unique grammatical structures and vocabulary. It is also the dialect used in official communications and in the media.
However, other language minorities have developed in the UAE, such as Shihhi Arabic, which is native to the Musandam Peninsula of Oman, and the Ras al Khaimah emirate of UAE, where it is mostly spoken by tribes. This dialect is known for its distinct phonetics and vocabulary and is considered a unique variation of the Arabic language.
In addition to Arabic, other languages are also spoken in the UAE, such as Urdu, Farsi, Hindi, Tagalog, and Malayalam, due to the significant expat population from India, Pakistan, Philippines, Iran, and other countries.
The UAE has a diverse cultural heritage and multilingualism is a part of the country’s identity. The government encourages people to learn other languages and offers language classes in schools and universities.
The United Arab Emirates is a multilingual country where Arabic is the official language and Gulf Arabic is the main dialect spoken, but other languages are also spoken by the different ethnic communities that compose the country.