How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?
English is the language of Dubai. You don't need any other language. - Dec 2016
None! Do not bother learning more than a few phrases of Arabic. You will not use it. Farsi or Hindi are more useful for everyday life. I really don't know why there are Arabic designated jobs in Dubai. - Jul 2013
None - Aug 2011
English is the main language of Dubai. I've learnt some Arabic but there are very few people to practice on. If you speak English you'll be fine. - Jan 2011
English is the language spoken here. If you are tyring to learn Arabic, you will find it difficult to practice. Even the road signs are written in English and then Arabic. However, when you leave Dubai to travel to other emirates you will find that having the ability to read Arabic comes in handy. - Sep 2009