For expats in and around the UAE especially, speaking some Arabic or even becoming fluent can make life feel much more complete. And in the Arab world, having the ability to communicate even a few basic phrases demonstrates an interest and respect for the region, its culture and its people – and can go a long way toward improving business relationships.
Studying Arabic can make life more convenient and enjoyable while living in the Persian Gulf region, but even after leaving, Arabic will remain useful – it is the first language of an estimated 280 million people worldwide.
Al Ramsa Institute
Al Ramsa Institute is a language center dedicated for Emirati dialect and culture. They serve their learners to speak the Emirati dialect and interact with Emirati community in and outside UAE. AlRamsa is an accredited educational organization by the Knowledge & Human Development Authority, Dubai Government.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
The Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) offers three month long basic Arabic speaking classes, as well as religious and cultural appreciation and awareness opportunities, for foreigners on Saturday mornings. Classes are held at the Centre’s facilities in Bur Dubai.
Arabic Language Centre
The Arabic Language Centre offers in-classroom Arabic lessons for young adults and business professionals in a group setting. Classes are by semester and curriculum ranges from beginner up to a UK-recognized two year certificate. The Arabic Language Centre is located on the fourth floor of the Sheikh Rashid (Trade Center) Tower in Dubai.
Berlitz Language Center
Internationally renowned language school chain Berlitz offers Arabic classes for personal, business, and company or staff training. Study can be conducted in the Berlitz offices, or instructors can travel to the student, and classes for families and children are also available. Berlitz has an Arabic language center in Dubai inside the Jumeirah Lake Towers complex.
Dar El Ilm (DEI) School
A partner of the Arabic Language Centre (above), Dar El Ilm offers Arabic language exposure and class opportunities for kids. Basing their teaching around fun activities, DEI provides the chance for younger children to learn the language in a natural environment, while older kids can study in a classroom setting. There are also partnership programs available for after-school daycare in several international schools in Dubai. Dar El Ilm is located, along with the Arabic Language Center, on the fourth floor of the Sheikh Rashid (Trade Center) Tower in Dubai.
With dozens of courses to select from and a wide variety of curriculum, Eton Institute offers courses to fit any need, interest, or schedule. Plus, Eton has free downloads to get started practicing the language individually. A free demo is available for each class, so clients know exactly what they are getting before they buy. Classrooms are located in the Dubai Knowledge Village, or a private tutor can come to the student(s).
The UK-based school Languages Abroad has opened a branch in Dubai that pairs learning Arabic with local cultural activities. Tailored to young adults, Languages Abroad offers short-term study sessions of a few weeks, along with sightseeing and tours. Languages Abroad has Arabic classes in Dubai, as well as Cairo and Morocco for students who want to continue their studies later.
Mother Tongue Arabic Language Institute
Focusing solely on teaching Arabic, Mother Tongue fully immerses its students in the language with intensive courses aimed at fluency in speaking, reading and writing. Classes are available in a group setting, one-on-one, or as corporate sessions. Curriculum is fast paced and designed for rapid progress.
Quba’ Training Centre (QTC)
The Quba’ Training Centre offers classroom-based group learning in three formats so students have the flexibility to study at their own pace, and focus on friendly conversation or intensive study. QTC is located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lake Towers complex.