Do you need to know Arabic to move to Saudi Arabia?

Do you need to know Arabic to move to Saudi Arabia?

Learning a new language is a part of the expat process. Let’s find out how crucial it is to know the language in Saudi Arabia.

Arabic is the main language in Saudi Arabia, but with more expats moving in to the cities, many native residents are now learning to speak English. You will also find many expats working in most stores and companies speaking English, and many malls/shops now have bilingual signages.

As the modern written language, Modern Standard Arabic is widely taught in schools and universities, and is used to varying degrees in workplaces, government, and the media. The two formal varieties are grouped together as Literary Arabic (fuṣḥā), which is the official language of 26 states and the liturgical language of Islam. Modern Standard Arabic largely follows the grammatical standards of Classical Arabic and uses much of the same vocabulary. However, it has discarded some grammatical constructions and vocabulary that no longer have any counterpart in the spoken varieties, and has adopted certain new constructions and vocabulary from the spoken varieties.

The extent that you would need to know Arabic in Saudi Arabia depends on many factors including where you live, work, how you travel and how often you mingle with the Arabs.

No matter what your objective is, learning another language will add immense value into you as a person and of-course to your cv! Arabic is the most popular language spoken in the Middle Eastern countries, so if you are planning to move around Middle East or settle there, learning the language is a good start.

The most frequent phrases used in the Arabic language are below, its good start to your learning process:

assalamu alikum – Peace be unto you (greeting )
Wa alikum salam – the same meaning of above for return.
kaifal hal – how are you
thayib – ok
kois – good
kaif shuqal – hows job 
cam fuloos – how much ( fuloos means money)
haza – this or that
ismook – name
when – where
intha – you
jawal – moble
thani – other

Al Nakhla Residential Resort also offers Arabic language classes, to its residents to make the moving and settling process easier. All residents can attend the class.

Every Monday from  6-7pm or 7-8pm

SAR 25 per person and a class would have a minimum of 10 students. Private classes can also be taken at SAR 150 per class.

For registration and more information, please contact