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U.A.E.
INTRODUCTION
1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Defense
4. Economy
a. Figures
5. Health
6. Education
a. Universities
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. History
12. Cities and Towns
13. Emirates



























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Index / Languages
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Languages



Languages
Figures in 1000.
Semitic 2,400 50.0%
Arabic
2,400 50.0%
Gulf
1,900 40.0%
Egyptian
260 5.4%
Omani
210 4.4%
Shihi
13 0.3%
Socotri
10 0.2%
Iranian 940 20.0%
Pashto
400 8.3%
Balochi
310 6.5%
Persian
230 4.8%
Afro-Asiatic 85 1.8%
Somali
85 1.8%
Other 1,300 27.0%
Other
1,300 27.0%

Arabic is the only native language of the Emirates, but in the dialect of Shihi, strong influences from Persian can be seen. Gulf is the main language for the dominant urban regions along the Persian Gulf, Omani Arabic is spoken in the mountains close to Oman and along the coast to the Gulf of Oman (on the outside of the Persian Gulf).
The remainder of languages in the Emirates are not simply just spoken in between individuals of specific groups, but in many respects they function as daily language. This due to the different groups forming viable communities.
English is the main language spoken between different groups, some immigrants who have lived here long, also use Arabic, but Arabic is of less importance than one would expect.
Foreigners have no chance of obtaining citizenship, it is expected that foreigners at some point leave for their home countries. The strong presence of other languages must therefore not be seen as permanent changes to the society. The largest among these languages is Malayalam spoken by more than 600,000; and Tagalog and Bengali, both spoken by more than 200,000.




By Tore Kjeilen