Why learn Arabic?

There is a tall demand and short supply of Arabic native speakers in the western world.

Comparatively, only a few Westerners ever attempt to learn Arabic or hold a basic proficiency. A rather shocking statistic is that only 1% of the United State’s FBI have basic Arabic skills.

Ground troops from the American led coalition who are posted to Arabic speaking regions like Iraq and Afghanistan are not taught any Arabic other than what is supplied in phrasebook form.

With the rising importance of the Middle East in global affairs, there is a severe shortage of people from the West who are well versed in Arabic language. 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.

There are monetary incentives for learning the language Arabic.

The US government has chosen Arabic as a foreign language of strategic significance. The National Strategic Language Initiative, instituted in 2006, promotes the education of Arabic (and other languages) among Americans through many scholarships and sustained learning opportunities.

These initiatives include basic language courses to advanced levels, study overseas programs, concentrated teaching opportunities, instructor exchanges, and specialized development.

Nations speaking Arabic are a fast rising market for business and trade.

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 $600 billion per annum.

In order to do trade effectively, one must be aware of the language and traditions of the people with whom one hopes to bargain with and conduct business.

The Arab countries are in the process of improvement and branching out their economies.

Business development initiatives are being developed and improved in order to make the economies more spirited and to be a magnet for homegrown and foreign entrepreneurs. In the Arabian Gulf, for example, enormous investments have been made in areas like construction, finance, telecom and tourism. The Middle Eastern economy as a total has increased by around 120% in the five year range from mid-2003 to mid-2008.

As a consequence of the “Arab Spring”, which is altering the patterns of power in numerous parts of the Arab world, industry and venture opportunities are likely to boost at a fast rate.

Even a basic knowledge of Arabic provides improved insight into all features of business in the Arab World. The business society in the Arab World is very much about structuring personal relationships of joint trust. In this setting, knowledge of Arabic can be influential in nurturing deeper business relations.

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