Dubai preview


Although the official language of Dubai is Arabic, for all intents and purposes this is a bilingual city. All road signs, maps, forms, advertisements and official sources of information are available in both English and Arabic. The large expatriate community in Dubai has led to English being used as a lingua franca. It is English, and not Arabic, that you will need in shops, restaurants and taxis. The prevalence of English is more noticeable in Dubai than it is in any of the other Emirates. This is because it is a center of business, commerce and tourism. You will find that most local people, as well as the vast majority of expatriates, speak enough English to communicate the basics.