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Abu Dhabi



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

None, everything is in English. - Sep 12, 2017
None. English seems to be the lingua Franca since so much of the population comes from abroad. I was actually hoping to improve my Arabic, but I couldn't find many to practice with. - Jun 8, 2015
Emiratis are a small minority (15% maybe?), and it's actually hard to practice Arabic here. English is as close to a shared language as there is (more people probably speak Urdu than anything else). That said, Arabic-speakers really like it if you try even a few words. - May 19, 2013
A little Arabic goes a long way and is much appreciated. English is widely understood and spoken. - Jul 20, 2012
None. Arabic is great to have, but English is almost universal. It would almost be more useful to have Tagalog or Urdu. - Aug 9, 2011
You're generally fine with English although some basic Arabic is useful. Urdu is useful with cabbies and maintenance workers. - Jul 17, 2011
Little. Being able to exchange pleasantries in Arabic is always appreciated. Knowing Urdu would be much more helpful. Most business and government workers speak English. - Nov 7, 2010
English is spoken everywhere here. - Jan 31, 2010
Very little, most speak English. - Aug 25, 2009