With over 300 million native speakers across several varieties of modern Arabic, the Arabic language is the 5th most spoken language in the world.
There are 25 countries that have Arabic as an official or co-official language: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. And then there are 6 sovereign states in which Arabic is a national language or recognized minority language: Iran, Turkey, Niger, Senegal, Mali, and Cyprus.
You can also find Arabic speakers scattered across the globe where Arab migrants resettled over the past few generations - in places like Brazil, northern and central Europe, the United States, and Southeast Asia.
The Arab world is a major part of the global economy. Many businesses invest in the Arab world, particularly the Gulf region, in areas such as construction, telecom, finance, tourism, etc. Since Arab kingdoms often heavily rely on foreigners to further their economies, there are countless trade, business and job opportunities.
The current demand for fluent Arabic speakers is high in many areas, especially in foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, journalism, etc. Since the supply of fluent Western Arabic speakers is low, this may give Arabic learners an edge over other language learners.
Learning Arabic will allow you to immerse yourself in the amazing Arabic culture and have some deep and authentic experiences.
One of the most noted features of Arabic cultures is hospitality. Traditional Arabs are extremely cordial with guests - which is something you can take advantage of if you visit the region. Tea, scents, dance, music, cuisine, literature, history and beautiful architectural buildings - Arabian culture is rich and quite unlike what you can find elsewhere.
Travelling to the Middle East would be easier with the knowledge of the Arabic language. A good number of Arabs are able to speak English, but the larger part of the population only uses Arabic as their primary language.
Even if you only know a few common words and phrases, it is better to speak the local language. It would help you get off the ‘beaten path’, appreciate the traditional villages and other points of interest.
Islam is the second-largest religion in the world and the largest religion in the Arab world. Islam is not only a religion to many Arabs but also a lifestyle. When studying Arabic, you are not only learning a language, but you also gain insight into Islamic beliefs and traditions.
Knowing Arabic will grant you an easier time learning other languages such as Farsi or Persian, Turkish, Urdu and Hebrew. Quite a lot of words in these languages are similar or from the same root as Arabic words. The grammatical constructions and the semantics between these languages are similar as well. If you are aspiring to be a polyglot, Arabic can be a great way to start.
Yes, the script takes some getting used to. But it is just 28 letters and not thousands of hieroglyphs. Verb conjugation and pronunciation are relatively simple. You can derive multiple words from one root, so by learning one word you actually learn several.
There may be some complexities and learning Arabic does take some effort, but there is nothing you cannot master with patience, effort, and regular practice. It is also one of the most beautiful and interesting languages that can bring learners a lot of joy.
Learning a foreign language is great for your brain: it helps it stay young longer and improves your memory. It is also a way of self-development and broadening of your horizons: a foreign language is another nation’s mentality and outlook on the world.
This is true for all languages, but altogether, Arabic offers some great opportunities and this is just an added bonus of learning this wonderful language.