Like much of the Gulf region, Arabic is the mother tongue of the Emirati people and serves as the official language of the UAE and Abu Dhabi. The Emirates is situated between Oman and Saudi Arabia, at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula, and, as such, Arabic is spoken throughout the region, with Abu Dhabi being no exception. With that being said, having been ruled by the British until the early ‘70’s, and serving as an international trade center, English is the primary lingua franca and fluency, or a working knowledge of English, is a requirement for most occupations in the UAE. After all, you will be teaching core subjects in English to your students in Abu Dhabi, so the emphasis placed on learning the language is palpable throughout the region. As the UAE shares a sea border with Iran, Persian is another common language spoken in the Emirates as is Hindi, Malayalam and Tagalog as there are a significant number of South Asian and Filipino inhabitants. You will also find a number of other minority Asian groups throughout the area, so you’ll hear Chinese and Japanese spoken from time to time.