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Overseas Health Insurance News: Information in English ubiquitous in Dubai

Expatriates living in Dubai often find that the transition to living in the Emirate is aided by the fact that much information is disseminated in English.

National newspapers are published in the language and street signs are usually in English, so that many different demographics can understand them.

This is because there are a wide number of citizens from different countries all over the world now living in Dubai and therefore English is used as a common language.

There are in fact more than 200 nationalities living in Dubai and despite English being the lingua franca it has emerged that the standard of proficiency in the language is pretty low.

The EF Education First English Proficiency Index recently found that out of 54 international cities, Dubai ranked number 49 in terms of the quality of English spoken.

Dubai is well known as a top expat destination and attracts big businesses from all over the world, so such a low score in English does not seem to be a problem.

The next generation of United Arab Emirates nationals may well have better understanding of the language as more and more are being sent to English-speaking private schools.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, is more concerned about Arabic dying out.

Since April he has been putting measures in place to help promote the use of Arabic as well as making it easier for non-native speakers to pick it up.

While many expats may find that they can get by without learning Arabic and living in Dubai, it shows willing to do so and will certainly help with integrating with the local community.

Again, children fare better in learning Arabic in comparison to their adult counterparts as lots of international schools in Dubai teach the language to youngsters from as young as three-years-old.

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