Arabic is one of the main languages spoken in the entire Middle East and North Africa. Arabic is spoken by more than 250 million people and is the 6th most spoken language in the world. Arabic belongs to the Semitic family of languages. There are various dialects in Arabic based upon which country the language is spoken in. The main dialects comprises of:

· Gulf Arabic: Spoken by the countries in the GCC (UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia & Kuwait)
· Egyptian Arabic: Spoken in Egypt, Syria and Sudan
· Iraqi Arabic: Spoken in Iraq and Turkey 
· Lebanese Arabic: Spoken in Lebanon, Israel, Cyprus and other African countries

The Arabic language spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa with the advent of Islam in the 7th century. The early conquests of successive Islamic Arab empires resulted in the Arabization and cultural assimilation of the region's other indigenous Semitic and non-Semitic people of non-Arab origin.
The Arabic taught in this program is colloquial Arabic which can be understood by most Arabic speaking people. This is derived from all the other dialects and is the Arabic of the common man.