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How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

None -- almost everybody can speak English after a fashion, although it would be helpful to know a little bit of Arabic, even just to be polite. - Oct 13, 2017
You will be able to get by fine with English in 90% of your interactions. - Jan 19, 2017
None. - May 20, 2016
A bit helps. Many here speak English, and like to prove it. - Nov 9, 2015
English is enough. - Oct 27, 2015
None- everyone speaks English - Oct 15, 2015
Very little. Most vendors or workers speak English. - Jan 23, 2015
If you speak English, you're good. - Sep 28, 2014
None -- most everybody can speak English after a fashion, although it would be helpful to know a little bit of Arabic, even just to be polite. - Mar 26, 2014
You can get by with English but it would help if you knew your numbers for shopping. And of course, it is always nice to be able to say hello, goodbye, thank you in Arabic. - Dec 4, 2013
Arabic is the official language but you can get around with speaking English as most locals know it, but learn some Arabic! - Oct 9, 2013
None. The people who work in shops/restaurants, etc. are South-East Asian expats who speak broken English. You'll hardly ever need to interact with Saudis, unless it's your job to seek their company. - Mar 17, 2013
It is helpful to know the basics for better service. However, many shop assistants are foreigners also and speak english. - Apr 7, 2011
None. - Jul 27, 2010
None really. - Mar 29, 2010
Depends. If you live on the Dip Quarter, you can get by with just English. - Jan 18, 2010
No one you'll deal with in the grocery stores or restaurants is actually Saudi (and likely not even Arab), so English is the lingua franca for such scenarios. For official contacts, your interlocutors will almost all speak some modicum of English, but Arabic helps to smooth any ruffled feathers. - Dec 29, 2009
English is fine. - Oct 21, 2008
It helps but is not required. - Aug 6, 2008