Arabic is the fifth most spoken language in the world. Countries in which Arabic is the official language stretch from Morocco in the west to Oman in the east, and include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Algeria, just to name a few. If you speak Arabic, you’re in good company: there are more than 300 million Arabic speaking people worldwide.
The Middle East continues to be an important region in international affairs, and there is shortage of fluent Arabic speakers, and those who understand the culture, in the Western hemisphere. The National Security Language Initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, even identifies Arabic as a language of strategic importance. Those who study Arabic gain a competitive advantage pursuing careers in a variety of fields.