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Initiatives to incorporate the Arab world into the international economy are opening up plentiful latent new trade opportunities. The Arab world with its quickly growing populace provides an enormous export marketplace for goods and services with a GDP of over USD$600 billion annually.

The economies of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have skyrocketed in recent years. For example, the city of Dubai transformed into a dominant business hub virtually overnight due to high investment in real estate, as well as trading and finance. The economy of the Middle East is very diverse with a high GDP, meaning Arabic speakers have the opportunity to secure a whole host of business roles in Arabic speaking countries.

Arabic is the fourth most spoken language in the world. About 315 million people in 58 countries speak Arabic as their first language, according to Ethnologue.

Learning Arabic, therefore, is a strategic career choice to open up plenty of job opportunities and potential business ventures and partnerships to develop a global presence of a brand.

A hard language that is worthy

In general, Arabic is considered to be one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn. That’s because dialects vary widely between countries.

It’s also written right to left and has a cursive script in which the letters change shape depending on where they come in the word.

You won’t find too many cognates between Arabic and English but there are a few shared words including yacht, alcohol, and algebra.

However, if you are looking to take on a challenge, Arabic is the language for you. It will show future employers that you’re not afraid to reach outside of your comfort zone and impress any Arabic speaking person you trade with.

Other reasons to learn Arabic

  1. There are high demand and low supply of Arabic-speakers in the Western world.

Comparatively, only a few Westerners ever attempt to learn Arabic or hold a basic proficiency. For instance, only 1% of the United States’ FBI have basic Arabic skills.

  1. Those who learn Arabic can discover careers in a diversity of fields:
  • Journalism
  • Business and industry
  • Education
  • Finance and banking
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Consulting
  • Foreign Service and Intelligence.
  1. Traveling to the Middle East would be easier.

A good number of Arabs are able to speak English, but the larger part of the population only uses Arabic as their primary language. Even if you can only speak common words and phrases, it is better to speak the local language.

  1. There are financial incentives for learning Arabic.

The US government has designated Arabic as a language of strategic importance. The National Strategic Language Initiative promotes the learning of Arabic among Americans through numerous scholarships and supported learning opportunities.

  1. Learning similar languages.

When you know Arabic, you'll be able to have an easier time learning other languages spoken in the region, such as Farsi or Persian, Turkish, Urdu, and even Hebrew. Most of the vocabularies of these languages are derived from and similar to Arabic words.




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